Our first Grow Your Own Graduate!

Community  /  Employees  /  News Photo collage of Mariah Crumpler pictured with Superintendent Richardson, Director Spears and Principal Larson; with GYO logo and the words Congrats Mariah!

Our Staff of Color Affinity Group has created three Freedom Dreams, their hopes and demands for bringing true equity, diversity and inclusion to our curriculum, our professional development, and, in Freedom Dream #3, our hiring and retention of staff.

Freedom Dream #3: We want to build a district culture that is unapologetic about hiring staff of color to increase representation of our student population.

Through the third Freedom Dream, the District aims to create pathways for students of color to return to David Douglas and develop a career in education. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) contributed a “Grow Your Own” grant to David Douglas, so the DDSD can fund a Teach Now program that will encourage, mentor and financially support community partners and classified staff to become teachers at DDSD.

The David Douglas community is now celebrating Mariah Crumpler – our first “Grow Your Own” program graduate!

Mariah graduated in December of 2021 from Warner Pacific University with her Masters in Education. She attended Lincoln Park Elementary, Floyd Light Middle School, and David Douglas High School. For the past 5 years, Mariah has been working at Alice Ott Middle School as an instructional assistant.

This is a full circle moment for Mariah, and she is excited to continue her impact as an educator within DDSD once she receives her certifications.

La’Shawanta Spears (pictured bottom left with Mariah), the District’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and leader of the GYO program, couldn’t be more proud and excited to see Mariah and future educators of color continue their influence on the community.

“As Mariah has successfully completed her Education Program, I’m reminded of the overall goal – “The David Douglas SD commits to increase staff of color so that District Staff more accurately reflects the student population, in accordance with State Law.”  Our district is unapologetic about the goal and determined to create a space where students see themselves in our classrooms. The DDSD GYO program in partnership with ODE, will make a difference in our district.”

Congrats to Mariah and our future graduates of the Grow Your Own program. Mariah won’t be the last to make a difference at David Douglas.

Photos also show Mariah pictured with Alice Ott Principal, Duane Larson (left) and Superintendent Ken Richardson (right)