At the end of 2010, I resigned from my position as a Senior Budget Analyst with the DC Council Budget Office to pursue my passion. My passion was to work with middle school and high school students in the DC Public School system. My objective was to teach students the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which had significantly influenced my life. I wanted to use Aikido as a tool to create a system to help students become more discipline in school and life, build their confidence and develop goals for their future.
From 2011 to 2015, I pursued my goal but came up short. Although I failed, I realized that I could use my failure to positively impact students. In 2014, I started to create goal setting planners that students can use to set goals they want to achieve, develop a plan to achieve those goals, and track their progress throughout the school year.
In 2017, I incorporated Goal Setting Workbooks and Calendars in Washington, DC. My main goal is to partner with schools to customize planners that their students will use to set goals they want to achieve
I came to America from Jamaica in 1985. Like many before me, my goal was to achieve the American dream. I graduated from college with a BA and MA in Economics. I became a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I had a good career as a Budget Analyst.
As a child growing up in Jamaica, I never thought I would have traveled to countries like Cameroon, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Tanzania, where I met the young boy in the picture. My education allowed me to pursue many opportunities and I have experienced both success and failure. Along the way I learned that you can achieve almost anything in life if you have a plan that is actionable, you are willing to adjust when things go wrong, which they will, and you never give up. I hope my life will be an example for students to follow.