Is it unusual to find that so many staff and faculty are graduates of the school where they work?
This year at Mumford, two counselors, two members of the culture team, the athletic director, and at least five teachers all graduated as Mustangs. All of them have said that they want to help move the school toward excellence.
Counselor N’Shan Robinson, class of ‘93, started working at Mumford when the opportunity presented itself when she was job hunting after she got her bachelor’s degree.
“Just to be able to give back to the school that I feel like gave me a lot and shaped who I am is a good feeling,” Robinson said.
Counselor Kristina Eubanks, class of ‘03, chose Mumford after — years at Renaissance. She remembers a mostly great experience as a Mustang.
“It was exciting, I really enjoyed it,” Eubanks said. “I had a lot of mentors, but my counselor was terrible. I became a counselor to better assist the students.”
All the alumni who work at Mumford talked about improving the school, increasing parental involvement, and rebuilding the school’s image.
Kameron Pleasant is a school Culture representative who graduated from Mumford with the class of 2015. He said Mumford had a bad reputation when he was in school.
“I experienced nothing but gang violence, but I also experienced kind of like a second home, and the people that worked here then are still here,” Pleasant said.
He said he came back to Mumford to work with athletes and make sure they don't make the same mistakes he made. And he sees good things happening.
“I feel like Mumford is going to be one of the top schools in Detroit Public Schools,” Pleasant said.