We had the good fortune of connecting with Cletis Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cletis, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote by Dr. Maya Angelou is “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” A former teacher colleague sent me this quote as I was finishing my Master’s degree in 2013. During this time, I was defining my purpose as an educator and what I believed my identity was in the field of education. I admired Dr. Angelou for her national and international influence as an author, teacher, civil rights activist. After reading it a few times, I knew this quote summarized my purpose as an educator. Teaching is a selfless career. Educators are passionate about teaching and supporting their learners in the classroom. Educators do more than teach content knowledge and state standards; they give/create new cultural learning experiences, problem-solving solutions, social-emotional strategies, emotional support, and even provide basic necessities such as food and clothing out of their own pockets! My former mentor and principal, Dr. McClendon, always greeted the school staff with the question “How are the children?” We responded, “All the children are well.” Like the Masai community, Dr. McClendon valued the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children served in the community. I believe our children deserve a learning community where teaching and giving is the foundation of the school culture. Dr. Angelou’s short and powerful quote encompasses my purpose and mission as a Black woman, educator, and owner of CLETIS Education Consulting.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
CLETIS Education Consulting is an educational consulting firm that believes in instructional equity and excellence in all learning spaces. CLETIS values six principles: Collaboration, Literacy, Engagement, Teaching, Integration, and Standards. We provide professional learning opportunities and curriculum development services for schools and districts and individual consultations for educators and parents on instructional strategies on literacy integration across the curriculum and Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction. We are excited to provide educational products for educators and parents to continue learning with learners at school and home. The CLETIS website has the Literacy Integration Unit Planner© for K-12 educators to design relevant units of learning that purposefully integrate literacy with other content areas. Also, CLETIS provides literacy and mathematics resources for early learners to build and master skills needed for real-world environments.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When Best Friend comes to Atlanta, this the itinerary of some of our favorite spots and events that we frequent: Food: SluttyVegan ATL, Tassili’s Raw Reality Café, Café Sunshine, Papi’s Cuban and Caribbean Grill, El Azteca Tourist Attractions: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Trap Music Museum, the Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr. Live Bands and Performers: Gritz and Jelly Butter, Red Sample Band, Erica Dawson Exclusive, Trey Daniels Music
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I take the time to give a shoutout to my beautiful and loving Queen mother, Rene Allen. My mother raised myself and my siblings to become our authentic and true selves. She created a loving and creative home environment where we learned to share and support one another. Most importantly, my mother valued education at the highest degree and sacrificed her dreams to ensure that we received the best education. To Mama Nae Nae, thank you and I love you!
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