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Dir. of Black Male Achievement Director of Black Male Achievement – Michael Walker
Michael Walker brings a career focus on youth development and assisting black youth to achieve success. He earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Southwest Minnesota State University and his master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls as well as his administrative license from St. Cloud State. From 1998 to 2006, Walker served as community outreach, program and youth development director at the YMCA of Minneapolis and Greater St. Paul, where he developed programs for social, academic, athletic and employment skills for youth and served as the coordinator of the Black Achievers program. Walker worked as a career and college center coordinator for AchieveMpls at Roosevelt High School (2006-2009) before serving Minneapolis Public Schools as Roosevelt’s dean of students from 2009 to 2011 and assistant principal from 2011 to 2014. He is the inaugural director for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement, where his sole responsibility is changing outcomes for Black Males who attend Minneapolis Public Schools. Walker is a product of Minneapolis Public Schools.
Family and Community Inclusion Specialist

Family and Community Inclusion Specialist  Andria Daniel
Andria Daniel is passionate about helping build communities where everyone’s voice is heard and valued. She believes it is important for families and students to feel fully supported. Over the years, she has worked with parents to create and facilitate listening sessions to address issues that affect the academic success of children. Andria’s goal is to generate unique and positive experiences for families and to create new pathways between home and school. She has a master’s degree in family education from the University of Minnesota.

As the family and community coordinator for the Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA), Andria works with parents to understand how important it is to be involved in their children’s education from cradle to career. As a parent of three, she believes there is a shared responsibility of building the capacity of effective family engagement, which is linked to learning.

Associate Supts Office Specialist, Senior – Cierra Burnaugh
Cierra Burnaugh is a native of north Minneapolis and a graduate of North High School. Cierra is deeply rooted in her community. Through her work with the Office of Black Male Student Achievement and as a Dance Studio owner in north Minneapolis, Cierra strives to build, uplift and empower her community. Cierra has worked in multiple positions within Minneapolis Public Schools and in many positions in her community to service the evolution of her people. Her passion for her community and her people drew her to the Office of Black Male Student Achievement. As the senior office specialist for the office, Cierra works directly with staff, student and community members to ensure the mission of the office is achieved. Her mission in life is to provide knowledge of self to her community to ensure they know where they come from and where they are going. 
default Coordinator, Educational Equity – Corey Yeager
Corey Yeager is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Yeager is currently the educational equity coordinator for Minneapolis Public School, working under the umbrella of the Office of Black Male Achievement. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in family social science/couple and family therapy. Corey’s therapeutic work is primarily focused on serving African American adolescents and their families. Much of his professional career efforts have been intentionally concentrated on facilitating community change through democratic, grassroots efforts.

Teacher, Social Studies  Marjaan Sirdar
Marjaan Sirdar grew up in a low-income, single parent home in east Bloomington. He attended predominantly white schools and often felt invisible. Marjaan never had any teachers of color or any positive Black men to look up to. This led to anger and violence as a teenager with the potential of prison or death. This experience led him to teaching.

Marjaan worked with homeless youth for most of the past seven years. He’s a graduate from Metro State and he is completing his master’s degree in urban education. As an educator, his goal is to help young people unlearn the dominant narrative of white supremacy and use education as a means of liberation rather than a tool for social control. As a community organizer, Marjaan works on building leadership and power in communities of color so we can tell our own stories, create our own narratives, and control our collective futures.  This is his second year at Franklin Middle School and his first year at Fair Downtown.

default Teacher, Social Studies – Richard Magembe
Richard Magembe joined the Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) in August 2016. He has been an employee of MPS since 2012, formerly serving as a school support program assistant at Stadium View School. In his new role as a life coach, Richard will assist the OBMSA in their mission to close the achievement gap between black male students and their peers. 

Prior to his employment with MPS, Richard received his undergraduate degree in social work from St. Cloud State University and his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Argosy University. In 2009 he started his career in education serving as a teaching assistant at Hancock Elementary School in the St. Paul Public Schools District. After providing two years of service to Hancock Elementary, Richard served as an educational assistant at St. Paul’s Johnson High School during the 2011-2012 school year.      
default Community Expert Classroom Coach   Jamil Jackson
Jamil Jackson is a community expert classroom coach for the OBMSA. He is also executive director of C.E.O (Change Equals Opportunity) a life skills mentoring program for males of color ages 12-25, assisting in the areas of college, career and cultural exposure. As the executive director of Run and Shoot EBL (Elite Basketball League), he uses sports as a way to build authentic relationships with young Kings of the community, help assist with college recruitment/placement, and bring together both youth and adult males to fellowship and learn from each other about what “Being a Man of Character is”.

Jamil was raised and resides in north Minneapolis where he coaches youth sports at Farview Park. He is an active board member for the Farview Area Community Council,  TakeAction MN, and Core Team Member for J4A (Justice For ALL) working to reform our criminal justice system and build relationships with incarcerated men to help assist their transition back into our community.