Hip-hopping his way through life with a big grin on his face is this weeks’ guest - Mervin Jenkins, Senior Brand Ambassador at Nearpod! Join this podcast to hear about his special talents, some fun details about Flocabulary and Nearpod, and about his gift for bringing joy to learning and motivating others to be the best they can be! Mervin Jenkins (also known as Spectac) is a hip-hop artist who has worked with a Grammy-nominated producer and a host of other artists throughout his career in music. Mervin’s service as an educator has been equally rewarding. He has worked as a middle school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and central office administrator. He is currently the Strategic Planning/Brand Ambassador for Flocabulary by Nearpod. Mervin has served as the Eastern Region Assistant Director at AVID Center. Over the years Mervin has received numerous accolades for his work in education. He was awarded the Zeta Phi Beta Southeastern Regional Education Award twice, named Tar Heel of the Week in Raleigh’s News & Observer, interviewed on NPR (The Story with Dick Gordon), and honored as Chatham County Schools Principal of the Year. In 2014 Mervin was invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on the education of Hispanic males in the United States. As a speaker, Mervin inspires students, their parents, and educators on the importance of student learning and its direct impact on our community. Mervin received his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at Benedict College, and his Master of Education in Secondary Education Administration at Charleston Southern University. Currently, Mervin is pursuing an Educational Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership at Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, SC where he resides with his wife Chiffon.
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