“I hated having to leave Winchendon after my tenth grade year. I was leaving the friends and teachers who I had come to trust. But I knew that if I really nailed my junior year back at my old public school, I would be able to return to the Winch for my senior year. And I did it. It made graduating with my friends that much better - and taught me that I am capable of big things even when faced with challenges.”
Early in his high school career, Judah L. learned that hard work will pay off. When circumstances made it hard to stay at Winchendon, he “doubled down” and was able to return as a senior, putting together a great year and graduating with his many Winch buddies.
Judah then headed off to Howard University, one of the nation’s top HBCU’s. But obstacles once again presented themselves, and Judah again persevered, putting together a compelling resume that included fast tracks in both the hospitality and financial services industries where he quickly rose through the ranks before being in a position to return to Howard.
And he never lost his focus on graduation from Howard, ultimately returning there and earning his diploma in the spring of 2020. The pandemic attempted to throw yet another disruption to graduation and a position that Judah had earned with Teach For America – but nothing gets in Judah Lewis’ way anymore. He has moved to Texas where he will be teaching 7th grade English for Teach For America in the Fort Worth school district this fall. Stay tuned for further chapters in Judah’s story!