Nikisha Greer, or Kisha is a longtime resident, 2002 Treadwell graduate and middle school teacher with a deep love and commitment to the Heights.
After you graduated from Treadwell, what did you do? I went to Bethel University on a Basketball Scholarship and graduated in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Education with a Special Education focus.
Why Bethel? I had a local scholarship, and people were saying, “She isn’t going to go off and be anything” and that you couldn’t be anything from our neighborhood. We had seen successful male athletes come out of Treadwell, but no females. I wanted to prove everyone wrong, good things and good people do come out of this neighborhood.
Then you came back. I wanted kids to see that you can be successful from this neighborhood without going pro. These kids are me, everything they deal with I dealt with.
Why do you love this neighborhood so much? It’s a family atmosphere; everyone keeps an eye out for each other, if your neighbor doesn’t have something, you give it to them.
What’s your hope for the students you teach? To go to college. Not only to get an education, but to see there is a whole world out there. In college I had white teammates for the first time, teammates from wealthy families, and we traveled to places I never new existed. It opened my eyes and showed me the world isn’t black and white–there are a whole lot of opportunities and ways to live.
What can we do? We have to buy into the notion that our kids will save us, and that’s how we will save the community. We have to be interested in what they are interested in and be involved in there lives. I’ve been successsful because people believed in me: Shyla Tucker, Martina Mihailovic, Liz Marable and Victoria Noblett. They had hope for me and showed they were interested in my life. These young ones are important and we have to be involved in their lives and the school.
What’s the last thing you would say? Too often the community gets involved when there are bad things happening: students getting in trouble, stuff like that. But we need to celebrate the good things. Parents need to call the school and make sure we are doing our job, not because their child is in trouble, but just because they care. I want parents to ask if I am doing a good job and keep me on my toes.
We are a better community because of you Kisha Greer. Thank you!