Community Teachers

Baba Shomari Matthews, African Cultural Arts
Baba Shomari is the African Drum and Dance Director and instructor for the Boggs School. He has spent more than twenty years as a member of the Study of Classical African Civilizations, the Director of Nanou Djiapo Afrikan Drum & Dance, and a social programming instructor for Rites Of Passage process at Marcus Garvey African-Centered Academy. He is a consultant, performing artist, and producer. Baba Shomari is an alumnus of Detroit Northern High School and Michigan State University.
Sicily McRaven, Visual Arts/After School Program Coordinator
Ms. Sicily graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University's dual degree program in 2011 with a BFA in Fiber Arts and a BS in Art Education. She has been inspired by the educational practices and community-centered atmosphere of the Boggs School and is happy to be part of the team. Outside of work, she is an event and workshop organizer focused on social justice and inclusion.
Angela Newsom, Programming Coordinator
Ms. Angela has been coordinating the Farm to School program since 2013, supporting its evolution to a weekly class that explores gardening, cooking, and nutrition with students. She is a trained chef and avid gardener who is passionate about empowering others to live healthy lives connected to community and nature. Angela is a mother of three and has been a Boggs School parent since 2014. She lives in Detroit with her family on their homestead, where you can typically find her either in the kitchen or the garden.
Joe Reilly, Music/Community Resource Coordinator
Bio coming soon!
Lutricia Valentine, Physical Education
Ms. Lutricia has years of experience working with youth and in a nonprofit organization serving the community. She is from Chicago and has lived in Detroit for over twenty-five years. She has two adult sons and is currently raising her 8-year-old grandniece. She has been with the Boggs School family for three years teaching physical education and health. The Boggs School students are a real joy and she enjoys being with them.