John Ramos, II obtained his B.A. in African-American Studies from Morehouse College prior to achieving his Master’s in Education and Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also has his Administrator Certificate (092) from Quinnipiac University.
Prior to attending UMASS Amherst, Mr. Ramos mentored 7th grade students in the Bridgeport Public Schools system as part of Yale University’s “Gear Up” program; he managed and supervised youth with multiple barriers to employment through the Workplace, Inc.’s “YouthWorks Program.”
As a graduate student at UMASS Amherst, Mr. Ramos served as an integral role to several departments. As Academic Advisor to undergraduate students, he taught a transition course to incoming freshmen for academic advising and major exploration. He assisted graduate students with school-work-life balance as a Graduate Life Coach, taught two-credit professional development seminar to undergraduate minority students in STEM fields as Coordinator for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), and dealt with university wide concerns as a University Ombuds Assistant.
Following his graduate program, John worked as a Student Success Coach at Norwalk Community College. With a career of over 13 years in athletic coaching, John continues to coach high school sports, including football, wrestling and track. He subsequently served as a Guidance Counselor and is currently the School Counseling Department Coordinator at a high school within the Bridgeport Public School System. Through education and athletic experiences in Bridgeport, John identified a need to fill a void for youth. He created the “Presidential Development” a safe social-emotional space for young men, covering goal setting, financial literacy, interview skills and more.
Further entrenched in Bridgeport education, John also serves on the Board for The Bridge Academy. John continues to serve as Chairman and Director of Educational Activities & Development of Adversity to Prosperity – a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to uplifting communities through youth athletic programs, service and education. In addition, he holds the office of Director of Educational Activities for the Zeta Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – and has recently been named Director of Educational Activities for ONECA (Organization of New England Chapters of Alpha).
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