Dionne Grayman is Morningside Center's Senior Director of Partnerships. Before joining our staff full time, Dionne worked for eight years as a Morningside trainer and staff developer. She also writes a regular blog for the organization, See and Be Seen.
Dionne became an English teacher in 1993, and her first classroom was in the Rikers Island Education Facility (C-74) teaching male adolescent inmates. Says Dionne:
“It was both the hardest and best teaching job I have had to date. I learned much from those young men and that experience has continued to inform who I am professionally and personally.”
Dionne also taught at Brooklyn Tech, PATH on the Thomas Jefferson Campus, and Boys and Girls High School. She has been a parent and community activist. She cofounded NYCPublic, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering NYC's public school parents, and she co-founded Mothers Empowered. She has served as a community organizing consultant for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Dionne has a BA from Brooklyn College and an MS in special education from Hunter College.
See more of Dionne's writing at Chalkbeat and The Hechinger Report.