Friday Fellow of the Month: Chase Arrington
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Each month, a new Friday Fellow from the 2017-2019 class will be featured. This is the second feature in the series The first feature is available at this link. The full class announcement is available at this link.
Chase Arrington is the Dean of Middle School at Forsyth Academy under the leadership of National Heritage Academies which is a for-profit Charter School located in Winston-Salem, NC. Chase is a native of Halifax County, NC where he grew up in Enfield, NC and attended Halifax County Public Schools. While in Halifax County, Chase was challenged and supported by several individuals who impacted his life; teachers, administrators, church members, pastors, but most importantly his parents, Leon and Retha Arrington.
Chase attended North Carolina A & T State University located in Greensboro, NC and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He never saw himself in education, however God continued pulling on his heart and he found himself falling in love with teaching, mentoring and supporting communities much like his own throughout the state of North Carolina. Upon entering the classroom, Chase found himself working with enthusiasm to support students of color in advance academic programs; especially those students in S.T.E.M. fields. One of his focus points while in Guilford County Schools as a middle grades
mathematics teacher was to provide the necessary support to students of color from grades 6 – 8 in advanced mathematics. He saw there was a need to provide an extra layer of sustenance to students especially when compared to their peers in the same class. His belief is that any student can access curriculum, however each student will access it at various entry points which makes learning and teaching exciting for an educator. His goal as a classroom teacher was not to have every student fall in love with math as he did but to allow them to know how to problem solve beyond the world of math and the school
building. Teaching the community of tomorrow, which happens to be the students of today keeps his drive extremely high when he continues to be a catalyst of the education community to ensure families are equipped with the knowledge to ensure students become productive citizens of society.
Chase found himself being a leader within his school building so he took the leap of faith and earned a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As he continued to find ways to support not only students, he continued to collaborate with community stakeholders to provide the best possible equitable education to all students he encountered. In his role at Forsyth Academy as a Dean, he can be an instructional leader by coaching teachers to support students culturally
and academically. He continues to find ways to better the opportunities for students by connecting with local high schools to provide individualized time to present career exploration opportunities to students in his school. One of the most powerful opportunities presented to his students is the Crosby Scholars Program. He is the liaison for his school where he recruits students to participate in volunteer service hours within the school and community to better their roles as leaders within the school. This opportunity
leads students to future scholarship rewards as they matriculate through middle and high school. He increased the number of Crosby Scholars at his school by almost 30 students this year. This is monumental as this represents nearly 55% of his middle school student body as oppose to 41% from the previous year.
He participated in the Aggie STEM Minority Male Maker Program sponsored by Verizon through the School of Technology at North Carolina A & T State University to mentor minority males: grades 6-8. Students were given the opportunity to gain access to 4 rigorous curriculums including: 3D Printing, Robotics, Application Development, and Personal Development. This allowed Chase an opportunity to create meaningful relationships with students beyond his building but most importantly to opportunity to connect with families to continue supporting their children beyond the 4 weeks of the program.
He participates with his fraternities within the community to support cultural arts through music as a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia of America, and academic achievement and leadership opportunities through Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Phi Mu Alpha affords him the opportunity to participate in the Mills Music Mission where he gathers with fraternity members to provide musical selections to nearby hospitals, assistant living facilities, and retirement homes. Kappa Kappa Psi allows him the opportunity to continue mentoring students in the Blue & Gold
Marching Machine on the campus of North Carolina A & T State University and Alpha Phi Alpha provides him the platform and vessel to give back through their national programs: Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College; A Voteless People is a Hopeless People; Project Alpha and Brother’s Keeper.
By participating in this organizations, he is part of three amazing organizations which are catalyst for our communities to raise awareness for students attending college, keeping the arts in the school but most importantly making them aware of their voices within the community. He realizes that it only takes one voice to make a major shift in society and he is determined to continue fighting for all students in education to provide communities with equitable approaches for students to become successful products of today’s education system. He is not working at this effort alone but he is willing to become an agent of
change to ensure all students have at least an opportunity to write their own story and create their destiny to best individual that God created them to be.