Justin BlackPE Teacher & Basketball Coach
At WES Since: 2021
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe environment that supports risk-taking and invites a sharing of ideas. For me, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill hope, the belief that nothing is too far fetch and or out of reach. Life is limitless and full of surprises.
An alumnus of DeMatha Catholic High School, I was raised in the D.C. metro area. I was a professional basketball player for years as part of the International Basketball Federation and played in Germany, Kosovo, Paris, London, and Malaysia. I have 10+ years of coaching experience in basketball training, skill development, and youth sports, including serving as the assistant coach for men’s basketball at the University of East London. I am a student-focused mentor with proven experience in motivating amateur and professional athletes. I have a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of East London, where I studied under 1992 Turner Prize winner Grenville Davey. I also manage the @gowesathletics Instagram account.