Riverside Alum Hopes His Passion for Teaching Inspires New Educators

Sometimes when he walks into a classroom for the first time, Nate Deans sees the surprise in his students’ eyes.

“I may be the first African-American male teacher they have ever seen.”

Deans, a 2010 alumnus of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, teaches English at Riverside University High School. However, he believes his work goes beyond teaching. “I try to be a motivator, an inspirer and set an example for my students.”

A Riverside graduate himself, Deans says that he feels a special responsibility to students of color who make up the majority of students in Milwaukee Public Schools. “Primarily all my students that I teach are people of color.”

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