Steven Thedford

Steven Thedford began his writing career by winning a writing contest at Build Academy in Buffalo, New York for a book about an Easter egg in elementary school. His talents always amazed his fellow students. For instance, during the reading of a poem in a high school English class, he began a poem by saying, “I have the taste of the past in my mouth.” But before he could continue, a fellow classmate hollered out, “You didn’t write that.” With guidance from Dawn Scotland, a professor at Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University, Thedford polished his skills and won third place in a national essay contest honoring Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., during his freshman year of college. He further used his abilities as a graduate student to write articles for a school newsletter. Moreover, during this time at North Carolina State University he published his own newsletter, African Expressions, a publication of poems. After graduate school, Thedford taught math and physics at Mbeji Academy in Ngi’ya Kenya, East Africa, as a fellow of the International Foundation of Education and Self Help. The experience inspired him to enter the teaching field in which he has nurtured young minds at Kennedy Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and DeKalb Online Academy in Decatur, Georgia. Presently, Thedford teaches physics at Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, GA. Thedford participated in a summer Teacher’s Intern Program sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Education, where he conducted research on Celgard® membranes (Hoechst-Celanese). He also worked in the corporate section and as a civilian for the armed services—namely, Xerox Corporation, the Naval Ocean System Center (NOSCS), Honeywell Corporation, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2015 his fellow teachers at DeKalb Online Academy selected him as the “Teacher of the Year.” Students have nominated him for “Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers” for five different years. In addition, Thedford has been a Tandy Technology School Scholar and a National Institute of Health Apprentice and was selected to participate in the NanoTeach Pilot Program and Georgia Industrial Fellowship for Teachers. Finally, the University of Georgia honored Thedford with the Teacher of Promise Award. Using his experiences, Thedford published his first book Inquiry Based Science Activities and Internet Lessons. New World Press, Inc. published Thedford’s second book, The Kwanzaa Coloring Book (Games and Puzzles), which introduces children to the principles and symbols of the African American holiday of Kwanzaa. Moreover, New World Press, Inc., published Thedford’s poetry book Nobody Told Me It Was Like This, “poetry you can understand.” Furthermore, in 2019 Thedford released Kwanzaa Gets an A, a picture book about the history of Kwanzaa and why the name has two a’s. Finally, Thedford will released his second book of poetry in December of 2020, Kwansabas and Other Poems, an art form based on the South African praise poem. Steven C. Thedford resides in Ellenwood, Georgia, with his daughters, Kennedy Isis, and Landyn Imani, and his wife, Yolanda Thedford.

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.