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My Story

A Black, Caribbean American woman, a wife, an educator, a daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a cousin, and a friend.

Kenesma John was born in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI, descended from a Lucian mother and an Anguillian father. She was raised in Houston, Texas, and has always wanted to be a teacher since the age of 6. Her grandfather, Vivien A. Vanterpool was a teacher as well, so it is in her blood.


Kenesma earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of St. Thomas and she is an experienced teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the primary education industry. Her research agenda is centered on Black Immigrants, Black Feminist Thought/Black Girlhood Studies, and Culturally Responsive Teaching/Learning.


Kenesma’s work can be found in the online women's magazine Focus on Her which is “designed to inspire and empower women and girls to focus on the fundamental aspects of life and become the best versions of themselves.” Kenesma is currently a Ph.D. student in the Teachers, Schools and Society program at the University of Florida. She ultimately hopes to become a university professor.

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