Meet Our Staff!

Patricha Paul

What's something that inspires you and helps you sustain hope?

My Faith & Spirituality 

What's a surprising or interesting fact about you?

I was a cheerleader in highschool.

What are a few of the issues that you're most passionate about and why?

Human rights, government oppression and economic equality 

Favorite TV Show/Movie

Transformers  ..lol  

 


Gabriella Gilbert

What's your favorite memory of The City School?

Very few experiences can compare to my first SLP Retreat in 2009. In a matter of hours, a group of strangers allowed themselves to become vulnerable with one another and set such a beautiful tone for the building and community we would share throughout the summer. I will never forget the space the staff cultivated for us that made us feel so safe and my fellow SLP folx who loved on each in such genuine ways.

​What's something that inspires you and helps you sustain hope?

The example that my parents laid out for me inspires all that I do. They navigated adversity with such finesse that I can’t help but believe that I too am capable of pushing through any circumstance that presents itself. 

If you could have coffee with one revolutionary, who would it be and why?

I’d be interested in having coffee with Toussaint Louverture who would shed insight on what it was like to carry out the Revolution, how they led the country and offer thoughts on the current state of affairs.

What's a surprising or interesting fact about you?

I learned to drive in one week, in the snow, got my license, and then didn’t drive again for 1 year. I am now a superb driver if you ask me!

What are a few of the issues that you're most passionate about and why?

I developed a passion for matters concerning education early on through my father who was a public school teacher and my personal experiences in education have informed further issues that require reform. 

TV Show: Currently - King of Queens

Song: Currently - Hair Down by SiR, Kendrick Lamar

Poem: On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou


 Amatullah Mervin

What's your favorite memory of The City School?

​My favorite memory​ of the city school is having my niece (Janessa SLP 17'') get in the car after attending the SLP retreat and explaining how much she would forever be changed from the 3 days and 2 nights she spent with her SLP cohort. It reminded me of the moment I realized youth organizing and social justice education has the power to drastically change who you are for the better.

What's something that inspires you and helps you sustain hope?

​I am a HopeJunkie! People inspire me through their struggle and resilience. 

If you could have coffee with one revolutionary, who would it be and why?

​Tupac Shakur (or all the Shakur's if possible, Afeni, Assata, let's make this a family affair!)

What's a surprising or interesting fact about you?

I can impersonate almost any accent well after hearing it a few times.

What are a few of the issues that you're most passionate about and why?

TV Show: Greys Anatomy (A show created by a dope Black woman, which makes it revolutionary in my book)

Song: Currently: Therapy by Khalid

Book: The Rose that Grew From Concrete

Poem: In the Event of My Demise by Tupac Shakur