Associate Director Wins MLK Jr. Visionary Award

We are delighted to share that on February 1, 2023, Teaching for Change associate director Keesha Ceran received the 2023 American University Martin Luther King Jr. Visionary Award.

This annual American University (AU) award honors the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognizes AU alumni who contributes to social change in the D.C. community through their work with a non-profit organization.

Keesha Ceran is a double alumna of AU’s School of Public Affairs and stays close to the institution as an alumni volunteer and serving as an American University Experience II Instructor.

Teaching for Change’s executive director Deborah Menkart noted,

Keesha Ceran fulfills the mission of this distinguished award in countless ways. She is applying what she learned as a student and employee of American University to make dramatic improvements to the internal operations and programmatic delivery of our non-profit organization. Keesha joined our staff as associate director in 2021, just a week before our annual Black Lives Matter at School Curriculum Fair and during the second year of the pandemic. She rolled up her sleeves for the curriculum fair and has been going full force ever since. Keesha brings a deep level of professionalism, passion, expertise, and dedication to this work. Her own enthusiasm encourages others to do the same.

In addition to the organizational work, Keesha is active with Teaching for Change programs and communications. She has coordinated go-go teaching artist classroom visits, facilitated workshops, represented the organization as a speaker, written book reviews, and taken a lead on the Social Justice Books social media.

Keesha attentively celebrates the contributions and anniversaries of the organization’s staff, board, and volunteers. Therefore, the Teaching for Change board and staff are pleased that it is Keesha’s turn to be recognized as the recipient of this meaningful award.

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