About Me: Bryce J. Celotto - M.A.T. Candidate (History/Social Studies, Grades 7-12)
Bryce J. Celotto is 25-year old emerging education professional who is currently a Master of Art in Teaching (M.A.T.) candidate at Brown University, focusing on teaching social studies/history in grades 7-12. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Bryce has been working at the intersections of social justice policy and education for the past six years throughout New England and in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Bryce worked as the Senior Manager of Leadership & Education at the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC) in Boston.
Bryce holds an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Science from Holyoke Community College - graduating with High Honors and as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. He is also an alumnus of the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as a member of several honors societies including Phi Alpha Theta - the national honors society for history students. During his senior year at UMass, Bryce served as a teaching assistant (T.A.) in an Introduction to American Government class that was part of the 'transitions' program- a specialized program for freshmen who need additional academic support. Bryce's primary interests in history include United States History, World War II, African-American History, Education history and LGBTQ history/gender studies. His award-winning senior thesis at UMass Boston, "Bolling v. Sharpe and Beyond: The Unfinished and Untold History of School Desegregation in Washington, D.C." combined his passion and scholarship in U.S. History, African-American History and Education History to create a compelling story of school desegregation and continued inequality in Washington, D.C. public schools.
Throughout his work, Bryce has organized several national youth summits for marginalized youth populations, met with former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss specific protections for transgender students in K-12 schools, and trained hundreds of teachers on culturally competent practices when working
with LGBTQ students. Additionally, Bryce's extensive work in youth programming has allowed him to build his skills working with diverse populations of young people - including Latinx and black youth, and LGBTQ young people.
In 2015 the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) named Bryce one of the Top 100 “Emerging Black LGBTQ Leaders to Watch,” and most recently he was recognized as a 2016-2017 Point Foundation Scholar. By becoming a middle school or high school history teacher, Bryce aims to continue doing transformative work with, and for, the marginalized communities he comes from by pursuing his passion of education, social justice and working with young people.