In honor of Black History Month, the seniors at Potter’s House Drop Back In Academy in Duval County, Fla., had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and hear from the engineer who invented the cell phone. Dr. Jesse Russell addressed a group of students from the Potter’s House Christian Academy, and the school and church were delighted to allow our students to attend as well.
Dr. Russell discussed many topics such as, what it means to be an innovator, the fact that there are many people in the field of science and math who make great contributions to our daily lives, the importance of one’s character and the importance of always showing respect. He also discussed the importance of not being afraid to ask the question, “Why not?” It was through asking the question, “Why can’t we put phones on people?” that he started the process of developing the technology that made the cell phone possible.
From left to right: Mrs. Nefertiti Harris, Jerel Jackson, Keith Monroe, Dustin Fleming, Dr. Jesse Russell, Mrs. Maria Ortiz-Ortiz, Tabitha Becks and Lisa O’Brien.
Dr. Russell ended his discussion with a question and answer session during which one of our students, Jerel Jackson, asked “Did you have anyone outside of your family who motivated and inspired you?”
Dr. Russell replied, “Yes, my high school chemistry teacher.” He then continued by explaining that in life we have some teachers who do not “use mediocrity as a measure for excellence.” He further explained that it is this type of teacher who pulls out the best in their students by pushing them to always do their best. His response to this question affirmed the importance of what we do at Drop Back In Academy on a daily basis. We never know the impact that our actions as educators will have on the lives of the students who cross our paths.
The staff and students of Potter’s House Drop Back In Academy enjoyed the experience of meeting the person who invented a device that most of us carry with us and use on a daily basis. It truly was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Hopefully this experience will inspire our students to think outside of the box and always put forth their best.This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.