Community Teachers

Victoria Bayagich, Arts Enrichment
Ms. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The College for Creative Studies and is a co-creator of Sketchers Anonymous. Victoria has taught at the Summer Pre-College Program at CCS and BBAC; she currently hosts weekly Saturday art classes available for anyone to join!
Damoni Carter, After-School Program
Mr. Damoni is studying to becoming a secondary social studies teacher. He has served as a student teacher in the Ferndale Public School District and as a substitute teacher all over Detroit, including at the Boggs School. He enjoys reading, video games, history, and politics.
Gabriel Cornier-Bridgeforth, After-School Program
Mr. Gabriel grew up in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit, MI. He is a recent graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Gabriel enjoys reading, making music, and playing card games and sports.
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.
Angela Newsom, Roots to Fruits
Ms. Angela is a trained chef that is passionate about teaching the next generation how to eat and live healthily, grow and preserve food, and care for the Earth. After losing her father in 2002 to a diet-related illness, Angela began a healing journey to reverse her own illnesses through diet and lifestyle changes. She believes that access to knowledge, resources, and healthy food is crucial to creating a thriving community and is committed to being an advocate for Detroit children and families. Angela has been coordinating the school's Farm to School program for five years and is thrilled to have a weekly class this year to explore cooking, nutrition, and gardening in more depth with Boggs students. 
Logombo Potter, After-School Program
Coach Gumbo is a youth advocate and founder of Plant & Grow Inc., a non-governmental organization dedicated to planting the seeds of peace, culture, and education in as many lives as possible in order to contribute to a world where each person is valued and their inherent dignity is upheld. He believes that in order to create a peaceful society, we must create peace within our own hearts. His youth development program, Play Life, assists students in the development of interpersonal skills that are essential for our future leaders.
Myrtle Thompson Curtis, Roots to Fruits
Mama Myrtle is a lifelong Detroiter, co-founder and Program Director of Feedom Freedom Growers, and a board member for the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.
Lutricia Valentine, Physical Education
Ms. Lutricia’s joy is family, ministry, youth and community.  She is a former residential summer Camp Director for Circle Y Ranch and currently operates a summer day camp, where she trains counselors and youth workers. She is co-founder and Executive Director of Urban Link Village (ULV), a non-profit youth organization whose motto is “Preparing the Next Generation.” Professionally, she is a Nationally Certified Meeting Planner. One of her proudest accomplishments was becoming a Certified Doula, and she enjoys providing birth support to expectant mothers. She also enjoys traveling.