Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Social Science M.S Curriculum Pedagogy and Instruction
Mr. Justin Mann
I am a native of St. Paul and product of St. Paul Public Schools. As a youth, I attended Webster Elementary, Como Jr. High and St. Paul Central. During my senior year in 1969, I was recognized All district city swimmer for Central and a member of the Central High School championship track team. After graduating Central, I left St. Paul to attend Tennessee State University. During my days in Nashville I was active in the desegregation and civil rights movement and eventually joined the FOI of the Nation Of Islam.
My professional career includes working for Ramsey Action Programs as a community organizer, the St. Paul Urban League as a program manager and the IBM Corporation as a Marketing representative. In February 1981, I founded New World Trading Company, Inc. organized for the purpose of International and Domestic sales and service. NWTCo., Inc. eventually became a exporter of Dairy animals to Seoul, Korea and Taipei, ROC. In addition, NWTCO, Inc. served the local contract market as a purveyor of Floor Coverings and related services. Projects and organizations such as the Ordway Music Theater, Prudential Business Campus, St. Paul Public Schools and Honeywell Corporation were among my customers and major project management accomplishments. In my role as President and Chief Executive officer, I employed a staff of 14 administrative, skilled and semi-skilled workers. NWTCo. Inc. remains a chartered corporation in the State of Minnesota.
In 2010, I became passionate about social justice for juveniles which eventually lead me to the conclusion that teaching was the best way to be instrumental in helping young people make better choices. I inquired about and eventually enrolled in the Urban Teacher Program at Metropolitan State University and earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Urban Education in 2014. As of August 3, 2021, I completed my Master's of Science degree from the Urban teacher Program at Metropolitan State University. My thesis topic involves encouraging student engagement and building competance in the individual. My degree program is Curriculum Pedagogy and Instruction.
I love reading, writing, swimming, and travel. My travels have taken me to Arabia, South Korea, Repubic of China, Hong Kong, throughout Europe from Sweden to Italy (including Greece), the West Indies, throughout Mexico, Canada and many locales across these United States. My new career as a teacher brings together the best of the days I have experienced as an adult and helps me to be a relevant and contributing member of society. I couldn't write a better script for my life.
The 2021-2022 school year marks my 8th year of teaching with 7 of those years spent with St. Paul Public Schools. The first three years of my new career with St. Paul Public Schools were spent at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy (A authorized IB school) under the leadership of Dr. Delores Henderson. This is my 4th year as a member of the Social Studies department at Como Senior High. I teach 9th grade World History, 11th grade American History and the elective, African American Histroy.
I am more than excited to serve my students and I look forward to each and everyday being in this building as an active member of the Como Park Senior High learning community.