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RBCS Graduate Returns to Teach

August 30, 2018

Aaricka Anderson represents an exciting milestone for RBCS. She is the first RBCS gradu¬ate to return to the school as a teacher! Ms. Anderson was one of our founding 4K students arriving to our new school in 2001. At the time we only went up to 6th grade, so upon leaving RBCS, she went on to graduate from Mastery Charter School. With her love of learning developed at RBCS, Aaricka went on to earn her B.A. in Sociology and Social Work from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. She now teaches 7th grade English Language Arts.

“I returned to Russell Byers Charter School,” she explains, “because I felt it was important for our kids to have a role model who walked in the same school hallways, grew up in the same neighborhoods, and had in some cases, similar experiences. My success hopefully encourages other students to work hard and succeed.”

When asked what was the best thing about returning to RBCS 17 years after she first walked through its doors? “It’s the opportunity to work alongside, grow, and learn from the very same people who made such a huge impact on my life—people who believed and trusted in my abilities before I even had an inclination of all of the things I was destined to accomplish.”

We are thrilled to have Aaricka Anderson back at school setting a standard all of our students will strive to accomplish.

Photo: Tim Harris
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