Brownsville high school teacher takes students on the trip of a lifetime

June 20, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Frederick Douglass Academy VII. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo

A Brownsville high school teacher was nominated for the Hometown Hero Award for giving his students the chance to experience cultures and life outside of their borough.

Bijoun Eric Jordan, a Frederick Douglass Academy VII English teacher, has taught in city schools for 14 years, and he wants his pupils, mainly African-Americans and Hispanics from economically disadvantaged families, to travel the world because they may not have the funds to do so on their own.

Jordan, 36, raised $42,000 last year for his students to travel to Spain, where they visited Madrid and Barcelona.

This year, he plans on taking students from the “International Club” to Japan so they can explore Tokyo and Osaka. With the help of an online fundraiser, the teacher has raised $60,300, reaching the goal of $58,570 for the weeklong trip.

“I want my students to see that black people travel everywhere,” Jordan said. “It’s not just places like Brownsville, Brooklyn, where we belong. We can hustle and get anywhere.”

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