PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – In this Sunday’s Spotlight and in honor of Black History Month, we feature a retired educator.
But Elwin Dickerson was more than just a teacher.
He became the first black male kindergarten teacher in the Uniontown School District in 1972. He was a kindergarten teacher at Craig Elementary School, now an apartment complex.
But Elwin says being a teacher hasn’t been easy because he’s a 6’2” African-American who weighs 220 pounds.
During his undergraduate years at the University of California, Elwin said professors made it difficult for him to get a pass, and some even advised him to move out of the program.
When he took his first job in the Uniontown School District as a kindergarten teacher, parents tried to kick him out and watch him teach outside their classroom doors.
In the end, parents and students accepted Elwin and his innovative teaching style.
He says he hopes his students learn and apply his biggest lesson – acceptance.
Elwin’s educational career did not end there. He returned to earn his doctorate at West Virginia University. He later became a professor of early childhood education at the University of California.
He’s been retired for 16 years now. However, he still keeps in touch with former students – one is his chiropractor and the other is his dentist.
UPCOMING KD SPOTLIGHT SUNDAY: We’re talking to a teacher who made history!
Mr. Elwin Dickerson has dedicated his life to educating preschool and college students. He even keeps in touch with some of them!
– Briana Smith (@brianasmithnews) February 6, 2022
Of course, he misses teaching, but now he watches his former students pass on the lessons and live their dreams.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/02/06/sunday-spotlight-elwin-dickerson/ Honoring Elwin Dickerson’s Teaching Legacy During Black History Month – CBS Pittsburgh