Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Williams.
Hi Jasmine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
The best way to describe me is a Baltimore transplant who fell in love with the city and never left! I relocated to Baltimore in 2014 after receiving my placement with Teach For America (TFA). When I started my career in education, I was teaching math and science to first graders. By my second year, I found my sweet spot teaching middle school math. After my time with TFA, I decided to challenge myself professionally and personally. I left my placement school and began teaching at a turnaround school in West Baltimore. It was during this season of my life that I reconnected with my love for mathematics and began tutoring part-time. Stakes were really high in turnaround work since the school had performed low on every indicator by the State of Maryland’s measure. With that being said, if changes were not made, the school would be slated to close. My role as the middle school math teacher and team lead was to ensure that our students were making significant and consistent growth. Our team was fortunate enough to experience many wins and to overcome countless obstacles through diligence, optimism, and consistency. One win that stands out in particular, is when one of our students who began the year on a 4th-grade level ended the year approaching a 7th-grade level. I specifically remember in our beginning of the year goal conference how displeased this student was with his starting math level. It was clear to me that the student wanted to grow and to excel. From that conversation, I put intense interventions in place such as small group instruction to help close this student’s academic gap. I’m proud to say that there were many similar stories during my time with turnaround work. To add to this, in our second year, our school was selected to gain an advanced academic program, called Ingenuity, that cultivated and developed the math and science skills of our highest achievers.
While making major strides in turnaround work, my side hustle of tutoring was also growing exponentially. I started with one family, who then told their classmates’ families and before I knew it, I was fully booked and needed to hire additional support because of the demand.
In 2019, Mobile Math was officially born. Mobile Math is a virtual tutoring program that services students in grades K-12; so looking back the company’s launch came at a perfect time, as the world was unknowingly heading into a global pandemic. Many of our tutors are certified teachers who teach in a number of school districts in Maryland and also have professional careers in the field of STEM. Currently, we service families in the Bay Area, Houston, Chicago, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Washington D.C., and of course in Baltimore. Our mission is to build students’ confidence through competence in math. Mobile Math continues to challenge the narrative on “who” can excel in mathematics.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There is no worthwhile story that doesn’t have some struggles along the way. My challenges give character to my story and fuel my passion for educating black children. By 9th grade, I was completely checked out of doing math! Thankfully, my parents still held me accountable by making sure that my assignments were completed on time and that my grades were competitive. I’m so grateful that my parents didn’t allow me to make a permanent decision based on temporary emotions. Instead, they invested in tutoring services to help me improve my math grades and overall zeal for math. Fast forward, math got me my first job, straight out of college, and was the catalyst for me starting my own tutoring business. Never in a million years would I have imagined being a math teacher, math tutor, math instructional coach, and now a math CEO. Absolutely not!
The moral of the story is: we cannot allow our children to give up and check out of their education. STEM is a door opener to very lucrative professions and black children MUST be represented in those careers.
This is my WHY behind Mobile Math. It is heartbreaking to hear children say they HATE math, but even more heartbreaking when parents have accepted this as a truth for their children. It’s never been acceptable to say “I just can’t read” and that statement is also true for mathematics. No one is born with an innate ability to do math. To be “good” at math actually means consistent practice, willingness to take risks and learn from the mistakes.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Mobile Math is a virtual math tutoring company that is dedicated to building students’ confidence through their competence in math. We are proud of the tutors that we have on our team. They are certified teachers that are able to strategically approach the “new math,” Common Core. With the tutor’s educational background and content expertise, we are able to take a customized approach to tutoring. In addition, being a virtual company has allowed us to quickly extend our reach and visibility to families across the United States. What sets us apart from other companies is that we only provide personalized tutoring services for math. We pride ourselves on doing math and doing it well!
What does success mean to you?
Success looks different for everyone because everyone’s “better” and desired end goal is different. Depending on what you’ve been through, certain moments are major no matter how small they may seem to others. I never saw myself as an entrepreneur. I was taught to go to school and find a job that pays 6 figures. Those were the qualifications for success. I’m honored to say I am a highly effective teacher who owns and operates a tutoring company that has allowed families to have consistent and affordable access to high-quality tutoring services. To me, this is success!!! Success is reversing a parent’s decision to retain their 6th grader through math tutoring and eventually seeing this same student excel in their high school math class. Success is applying my expertise at a turnaround school and helping to change the trajectory of children’s lives in West Baltimore through quality math instruction.
- Email: Mobilemathmd@gmail.com
- Website: https://www.mobilemathmd.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/