We had the good fortune of connecting with David Spellmon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I understood the pain points of my industry then created an undeniable product, but it was by design. I’ve worked in the Education/Mental Health space for all of my professional career and in those roles the goal was always to create positive outcomes for those I served. What I quickly learned was that the “best practices” were often programs or strategies made by people outside of the culture. If Hip Hop is apart of the community and students in your school then I strongly believe it should be utilized to get the results you want whether academically or socially and emotionally. I created a curriculum that takes Hip Hop lyrics and shows how to use them to boost up their social skills. Ask any educator across the country about their concerns about school and you’ll hear: student engagement, self-management, conflict resolution, and of course grades. You have to connect with students and show them that YOU care before THEY care about any content. Making it a priority to understand students socially-emotionally and helping them develop knowledge of self, you establish great relationships with them that in turn will allow them to learn from you.
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?
I am the Founder and CEO of Positive Archer Solutions which is an educational consulting firm that brings out the GREATNESS in students from 6th grade all the way to college by improving their Social-Emotional competencies, Creating Unique Experiences for learning, and building up their Social Capital. One of the things that sets us apart is that we improve the trajectory of students no matter where they are at in life, we’ve worked with organizations and schools who support students with Department of Juvenile Justice involvement to ones who support students who are aspiring entrepreneurs and first time college students. The thing we are most proud about is helping a Charter School secure a partnership and now they offer a DJing elective! The biggest reason we are in the position that we are in is because we continue to add value to our network. The journey is never easy but developing a strong team that brings new ideas to every problem has helped significantly. One lesson I think all entrepreneurs should learn from the start is know your industry, you have to research all aspects and know the nuances then never stop learning as things are constantly evolving. We all have been counted out or played the underdog role, this brand is a reminder that the greatness inside of you never leaves, but you must cultivate it to find your purpose.
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?
Food- Bacao Sushi in The Music Factory, Dominican/Sushi Fusion go crazy. I love pizza so Capishe uptown is one of my favorite spots. Jasmine Grill on South Blvd, they have the best hummus in the city. The Pump House in Rock Hill, it’s a nice spot on the water.
Hang Out- 1501 South Mint is always a vibe. Camp North End because there is always something going on there.
Things to check out- The Charlotte Cowboy. Social Status. Freedom Park. Charlotte stay having festivals so stay on ya googles.
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?
Of course none of this is even possible without my faith so glory be to God. The tree that I come from is a major factor to who I am so Big Up to my mother and father! A special shout of peace goes out to Mr. Patrick O’Neil who has been the best educator then mentor I have had, Then there are too many friends who became family that inspire me on the daily to keep showcasing my greatness.