We had the good fortune of connecting with Da’Nall Wilmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Da’Nall, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I believe that what ultimately defines us is our character. When thinking about what type of legacy I want to leave, I want to be remembered as someone who lived in their purpose. More importantly, I want to be remembered as someone who treated others with love and respect. So many of our problems on earth can be solved if people learned to simply to be kind to one another. At the end of the day, it’s not our titles and accolades that matter. It’s how we treat others that define who we truly are.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland where I taught for six years. It is there where I was nominated for “Teacher of the Year” and received several awards and accolades from various organizations. I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and graduated at the top of my class with Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. I also founded “BOYS in the GOOD,” a successful youth mentoring program that influences young men to develop positive ambitions, appearances, and behaviors while recognizing the importance of leadership through academic achievement, character education, and community service. My experience as a teacher and mentor inspired me to write my very first children’s book, “The Good Book: A Kid’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Student Leader.” I’m a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and often spend my free time mentoring the youth and volunteering with various church and community service programs. It is my lifetime goal to leave behind a legacy that inspires all children to become positive and influential leaders of the world. I currently teaching at The Ron Clark Academy here in Atlanta. Georgia. The experience has been phenomenal so far and I’m beyond ecstatic for the journey ahead.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandfather is someone who I strive to be like each and every day. Before his death, he made a living by positively influencing his community and the youth. He worked tirelessly to mentor children and build others up as civil community leaders. He is the reason why I am an educator and why I work to encourage others to do the same. My grandfather also saw the good in every person he met. If it wasn’t for him, I would not be who I am as a man. I attribute so much to his influence on my life and I pray each day that I am making him proud.