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.
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. 
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.