Markus Flynn – Executive Director
Markus came to Black Men Teach as a science teacher at Prodeo Academy in Minneapolis. He held prior positions in research and project management at Iowa State University. He is joining Black Men Teach to follow his passion for creating educational opportunities for future Black male teachers.
“One of the most pressing issues facing the State of Minnesota is the disparity in education outcomes for our Black children,” said Flynn. “The work of Black Men Teach has never been more crucial, so I am eager to join an organization comprised of many talented individuals to cultivate a pipeline of Black men who will inspire, mentor and ultimately increase the success rate for students in our community.”
An active community leader, Flynn is known to Black Men Teach from his volunteer efforts with its College Cohort Program, which recruits Black men to join the teaching profession. He has served as a volunteer at Raising Readers, mentor for the Connect Program, Board Member of United Way of Story City, President of the Black Graduate Student Association and founder of the Creating the Academic Pipeline Program.
“We are so fortunate to welcome someone with Mr. Flynn’s passion and drive,” said Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Chair, Black Men Teach, and Superintendent of Hopkins Public Schools. “He is the perfect fit for this role that will be focused on advancing our mission to recruit, prepare, place and retain Black male teachers in elementary schools.”
Domonick Fields – Program Director
We are excited to announce that Dominick Fields joined Black Men Teach on July 14 as the Program Director. Domonick has a strong background in public, private, charter school and community organization leadership. “Domonick’s extensive experience makes him a perfect fit for this new position,” says BMT Executive Director Markus Flynn. “He has the academic training and hands-on leadership in youth development, advising, project management, and serving youth in a variety of organizations that BMT needs at this time in its history. We are honored to have him join our team.”
The program director position is responsible for building partnerships with secondary and post-secondary education leaders, recruiting high school and college fellows, training program coordinators, overseeing curriculum implementation, and managing social media engagement.
“Black Men Teach is so critically important in overcoming the shortage of Black teachers and role models in elementary schools,” says Domonick. “I am committed to helping achieve BMT’s mission using my training and experience serving underrepresented communities.”
Prior to joining BMT, Domonick served as alumni counselor at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Minneapolis; academic advisor for Trio Upward Bound, Brooklyn Park; and family achievement coach for Northside Achievement Zone, Minneapolis. While pursuing his master’s degree, he held positions as academic advisor for Trio Educational Talent Search, program coordinator for The Sanneh Foundation, an AmeriCorps fellow with Twin Cities Rise, and teen center director of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul.
Domonick holds a B.A. Degree in sociology and anthropology from St. Olaf College and a Master’s Degree in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University.