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About Mills

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.

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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.

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"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.

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Principal’s Promise

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.

As a student I understand that education is my passport to a successful future therefore I pledge to:

  • Maintain a healthy mind and body by saying no to drugs.
  • Arrive and depart from school with the tools necessary to complete all classroom and homework assignments
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn new skills by participating in new clubs and activities.
  • Accept constructive criticism from others. Reflect on this feedback and use each lesson as an opportunity for growth.
  • Seek knowledge on my own and commit to learning information that extends beyond the classroom by reading regularly.
  • Share the knowledge that I have acquired with my family, my peers and my community often.

I make this pledge with an understanding that my efforts, each day, are crucial to the success of my family, my community, and myself.

As an educator I believe that education has the power to transform communities.Therefore, I pledge to:

  • Believe in each and every student.
  • Provide the necessary resources to my students to ensure academic success.
  • Hold myself and other educators to the highest standards of excellence.
  • Model ethical behavior and maintain transparent and honest communication with everyone.
  • Be reflective of my own past performance in order to improve to student outcomes.
  • Create a supportive school environment that is inclusive of all students,community, and staff.

I make this pledge with an understanding that my efforts, each day, are crucial to the success of my family, my community, and myself.

As a parent/community member I believe that our children cannot prosper without the support of all stakeholders within and around the community.Therefore I pledge to:

  • Commit to learning about who I am, where I come from, and ensuring that my children learn the same.
  • Have daily conversations with my child or a child in my community about their school day.
  • Provide time to assist the school of my child or the school nearest my home at least once a month.
  • Provide positive images for my child/community to mirror and exceed their level of success.
  • Use my words to reinforce positivity in my home and throughout the community.
  • To teach my children/ community about the importance of community/civic engagement.
  • Make learning a lifelong process by constantly seeking knowledge and learning new information by reading regularly and seeking opportunities for personal growth.

I make this pledge with an understanding that my efforts, each day, are crucial to the success of my family, my community, and myself.

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