SHOW THEM THAT THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING. CHANGE THE WORLD AND BUILD A LEGACY. ONE DAY YOU'LL LOOK BACK AND SAY I DID IT.
Gemar Mills, born and raised in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, always possessed a fervent affection to provide urban youth with an alternative perspective on life. As a high school student, he quickly acknowledged the significance of becoming an educated African-American male in his community. He sought empowerment through education where he discovered it’s positive attributes and it’s significance to personal and societal development.
He went on to obtain a Bachelors of Science degree in Math Education from Montclair State University. In 2005, Gemar Mills began teaching math at East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. While working fulltime, he began his graduate studies at American Intercontinental University where he earned a Master’s of Educational Leadership.
In spring of 2008, Mills embarked on his first leadership role as the Department Chairperson of Mathematics at Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ. It is there, where he began to fulfill his true passion of educating the youth. After two years as Math Department Chairperson, Mills was promoted to Vice Principal. After one stellar year, at the age of 28, Mills was promoted to Principal of Malcolm X Shabazz High School (MXS). One of the most troubled schools in the Newark Public Schools District, with a history of low-test scores, MXS was threatened with possibility of closure. Mills took on the challenge and fully implemented his strategy of education reform by becoming an accessible and relatable leader for the school community. He accomplished the unthinkable, by drastically improving student test scores, created a safe school atmosphere and made the students believe in their selves, the school and in education again. Under his leadership the illustrious school pride and sports culture was featured on Sports Illustrated award winning series “Underdogs”. In addition, Star-Ledger released a series of articles and documentary authenticating the school’s turnaround.
" Through the leadership of the Gemar and the football team, an at-risk Newark, N.J. high school beats the odds. NBC 4 New York's Tracie Strahan has more in this episode of "Positively Black." "Via NBC New York
" "Saving Shabazz: The long-shot battle to transform a failing school" examines how a principal at an urban high school in New Jersey is using football-style coaching on the whole student body to improve grades. "Via Sport illustrated
"WHAT WOULD MILLS DO?"
Is an exciting online series that explores current affairs ranging from education, sports to music. In each show Principal Gemar Mills invites various celebrity guests and experts to discuss the impact on today’s society. Gemar Mills shares his insight as a Principal and uses his real world experiences to provide positive and insightful coaching moments to motivate viewers.
A new year gives us the opportunity to evaluate our selves and assess our core values. A principal’s promise asks us to recommit ourselves to the value of educating our children. Educating our children requires more than a few hours in school,it requires an entire community of people dedicated to transforming outcomes. It takes a village.