Agents, Advocates, AcademicsWho We Are
This is the beginning and the end: agency, advocacy, academics.
From pig dissections to Creative Writing Projects,
AirPods, club flyers, and SATCO takeout in hand.
We're armed with questions to take control of our own answers.
This is the middle: curious, competitive, and full of quirks
We carry each other, keeping one another afloat and rising like a tide
We are navigators through the wild waves of who we were and who we want to be,
We arise, we strive, and await the moment we arrive.
And this is the beginning again: small, fresh, and full of wonder
We burst through doors with resolve and possibility.
Studying each other, studying ourselves
We are eager to discover who we are
and where we belong
This is who we are:
agents, advocates, academics.
This K-12 poem was presented to Amani Reed during his investiture of as the 11th Director of University School of Nashville and Peabody Demonstration School on April 17, 2023. It was composed by: Sheerea Yu '23, Nashville Youth Poet Laureate 2022; Misha Davydov, Kindergarten Teacher; Christine Park, Eighth Grade English Teacher; Freya Sachs '00, English Department Chair; and Yue Yuan, Sixth Grade English Teacher.