Nathan Whitfield

Nathan Whitfield

Nathan Whitfield

Nathan Whitfield spent ten years teaching advanced placement mathematics (or whatever that means) at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School in his hometown of Helena, Arkansas–think Memphis, TN, and go an hour southwest. After finishing his master’s degree in secondary math education, he returned to the classroom, and has now been employed in Cambridge Public Schools, at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, for the past two years where he also teaches math. When he’s not teaching, reading James Baldwin, or lamenting about the lack of good Southern food (cough, cough, catfish and hushpuppies) he’s desperately trying to find someone to play tennis consistently with during the two months between these brutal Boston winters. Tennis anyone? Ultimately, Nathan’s passion lies in the classroom and he dreams of retiring as a high school math teacher back in rural Arkansas were teachers are not as plentiful, but needed more than ever. There simply aren’t enough Black educators, and definitely not enough Black male educators teaching upper level math at any place in America. The Mississippi Delta deserves no less than what any student a block away from Harvard does.