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Connell A. Cloyd

Title: Seventh-Grade Mathematics Teacher
Company: Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Connell A. Cloyd, seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

With 16 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Cloyd has excelled as a seventh-grade mathematics teacher at Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School. He began his career as an assistant program manager at The Bell Foundation in 2008. He has established himself as a math specialist for the Boston Public Schools since 2010. His area of expertise includes pre-algebra and general mathematics for fifth through eighth grades.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Cloyd pursued an education at Tufts University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in child development. He concluded his studies at Tufts University, graduating with a Master of Education in 2005. Beyond his responsibilities within the field, he has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He found success with his video “A Simple Strategy to Get Students Talking About Math-Building Argumentation Skills in Math,” produced with Exemplar Math Videos at Edutopia.com and hosted on YouTube.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Mr. Cloyd has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He contributed to the March of Dimes. In light of his impressive undertakings, he has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was the recipient of the Courage in Teaching Award from the Barbara Henry Foundation in 2023. The award is named after Barbara Henry, who was the only teacher who would instruct Ruby Bridges, a young Black girl who desegregated New Orleans public schools.

Mr. Cloyd attributes his success to his humble background. He initially hoped to become an engineer or aeronautical scientist. However, when he got to college, he realized that education was the best way to tell his story. He loves math and science, which brought him to Phillips Academy in Andover. He lives in the community and is always available to talk to students and share his story of growing up in difficult circumstances, demonstrating that no matter their background, many opportunities are available if they pick one and stick with it.

In the immediate future, Mr. Cloyd intends to continue teaching in the classroom. He has found teaching to be his mainstay and enjoys it very much. He has touched the lives of at least 1,000 students throughout his teaching career and finds joy in doing so. He plans to continue teaching in the classroom for at least the next five years.

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