Cesar MatthewsPace Center for Girls- Leon, English Teacher
Raised from humble beginnings in Clermont, Florida, Cesar Emory Matthews is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Social Science and minors in Education and Political Philosophy. Upon graduating in May 2017, Cesar moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he taught at Akili Academy. Recently, he has moved back to Tallahassee, Florida where he serves as the English teacher at Pace Center for Girls- Leon. At Pace, he serves as the PeaceJam Advisor and Co-Advisor for Pace Pride.
While at Florida State, Cesar was involved with the Black Student Union, PeaceJam Southeast, Pride Student Union, and TedxFSU. His work centered around identity leadership development and education. Clearly visible in his involvement, Cesar values networking and mentorship for young LGBTQIA+ students of color. Due to PeaceJam’s influence on his life, he became involved with Breakthrough Collaborative-Miami where he served as the College Bound 9th Grade English Teacher. After his summer in Miami, Cesar became a National Ambassador with the expectation of recruiting and spreading awareness about the program.
Cesar is a firm believer and advocate for accessible--reachable and comprehensible--education for all. With the belief that ‘learning is a lifelong commitment’ Cesar has spent the majority of his life working with students, families, and schools in order to create curriculum and instructional strategies that are socially and culturally competent. Having worked with public, charter, private, and alternative schools, Cesar is committed to finding instructional and disciplinary practices that are fair, just, and prioritize a restorative approach.
In his downtime, Cesar loves to cook (specifically, grill) for his friends, read, and write spoken word pieces. As a trans-black masculine individual, he is spending most of his time developing his voice and a network to uplift, support, and provide representation for other masculine individuals of color.