New York City, New York
Vivett Dukes (nèe Hemans) is entering her seventh year as a middle and high school English Language Arts teacher. Currently, she is teaching in a College Board middle and high school also in Jamaica, Queens where the population of students she serves is diversified on cultural, religious, and socio-economic planes. Previously, she taught in an all-male, all minority, urban public school in Southside Jamaica, Queens.
During her time as a teacher within the New York City Department of Education she has served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council 2014-2016 cohort, a classroom lab facilitator with Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s Learning Partners Program, grade team leader, inquiry team leader, and most recently, English Department Chairperson.
She serves as a teacher advisor for both the New York Times’ Upfront magazine and Scholastic’s Scope magazine, as well as a Bethune Teaching Fellow for the New York Urban League.
At her core, Vivett is a passionate teacher-leader and humanitarian who is dedicated to taking her voice outside of the classroom in an effort to elevate authentic conversations and grassroots changes in educational equity.