World History Teacher 9th-10th Grade, Belmont Charter High School
Mr. Easley has a decade of experience working with youth in Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia; inspiring his students to love writing, literature, history, and serving their communities. In particular, Jamal is experienced in working with children who have experienced trauma or violence, using Social-Emotional Learning as a tool to address social justice and equity.
Questions with Mr. Easley
When did you join Belmont Charter Network?
Where did you go to school? What was your major/degree?
I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.A in Mass Communications and History/Black Studies as well as Seton Hall University with a M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership
How did you know that education was the right field for you?
Education and equity have always been a passion of mine, and after seeing the growth of my students that came from similar backgrounds as me, it felt like I was called for this work.
What drew you to Belmont’s mission?
When I first moved to Philadelphia to do social emotional learning it was tough finding a network that was really committed to it. Three years later I found a network that is serious about the social emotional well-being of each student. Belmont provides a unique model with the necessary resources to support student needs.
What makes your school a special place/what do you like best about teaching here?
Belmont is different from any place that I’ve taught at because of the school spirit and pride. This is felt from the students and staff and something I enjoy about teaching here!
What’s your favorite school memory at Belmont Charter Network?
My favorite memory so far was seeing student performances at a talent show.
How do you create joy in the classroom?
There are several ways I create joy in the classroom. Students help create joy. Weekly shout outs, birthday recognitions, positive incentives, and humor!
What is the greatest challenge you face as a teacher and how do you overcome it?
The greatest challenge as a teacher is integrating and balancing classroom content or curriculum with 21st century learning skills (transferrable skills) that students need for post-secondary life.
What is one piece of advice you would give to Belmont students?
Never forget who you are or where you came from!
What’s your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?
Visit historical sites, explore food and music festivals.
When you were your students’ age, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Journalist or Crisis Manager like Olivia Pope from Scandal.