Reflections of Growth Even During an Age of Pre-Pandemic

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2021 – Reflections of Growth Even During an Age of
Pre-Pandemic and Current Retrospective to our 
Communities as Influencers

2020 was unexpected in many ways, as bloggers, content creators, professional educators and community servants the degrees of growth still were there and blessing our communities. Aida and I even were married during the pandemic and we thank the Lord for the safety of our children, grandchildren, parents and other family members. We are appreciative to our church family a San Jose Church of Christ in Jacksonville, Florida.

Since being involved in the WordPress community Aida (2018) and I (2016) have had the pleasure, enjoyment and blessings of traveling to Canada, Central America and across the United States of America. We have built a family of dynamic men, women, youth, teens and young adults as we speak about the wonders of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM that are influencing career choices for Black, Brown

and Indigenous children.

The pressures of teaching physical and health education online as a professional educator. Teaching students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Preparing lesson plans, using internet resources and even collaboration with other teachers to provide worthwhile lessons.  These are challenges facing teachers in the educational profession in public, private, parochial and charter schools. All teachers are a priority in our world, they shape, mold and influence children’s lives forever. Educators should always be appreciated,

loved, respected and prayed for.

The canceling of WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences that provide a wealth of information, resources to help men and women, youth, teens and even  young adults to start new careers in digital technologies that are being applied today more than ever.  We salute everyone involved in the WordPress and WordCamp community. Many are

business owners, entrepreneurs and pioneers in technology.

Converting to virtual attendance and learning new skills to present, speak, share, collaborate and express creativity, innovation and cooperation in business and as an entrepreneur. The amazing and challenging changes ironically have been broadcast in movies, books and SciFi episodes, the reality of fantasy is now. The best example

is the book “The Stand”

there are others, the list is growing for books, movies and documentaries detailing past pandemic events and even those that have not happened


Pre-pandemic, Aida and I earned the opportunity to be Ford VIP Connect Ford Bloggers, a great experience and built our abilities to grow the influences of our content to build communities locally and nationally. Being members of the African American and Afro-Latina community of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities we hope our story inspires, ignites the creativity, innovation, excitement of learning and exploration of

life and living.

Aida a respected florist, author, poet, higher education professor,
developer of “A Seat at the Table” WordCamp discussion has been speaking, teaching, volunteering and organizing since 2018. On the ability of Black, Brown, Indigenous people of color and culture making significant contributions in fields of technology and society.

Aida has provided free workshops in Jacksonville from the public libraries to community organizations, The Microsoft Store and other venues that need her artistic enthusiasm, zest and zeal for life and

embracing diversity of color and culture.

I have been involved in the WordPress community since 2015 and enjoy the comradery, friendship, partnerships and exposure. Encouraging along with my wife the increased involvement of youth, teens and young adults in the community to learn valuable skills that will be needed in our growing digital futures.

Both of us love our communities,  friendships and extended family from our attendance, speaking, volunteering, organizing and even digital evangelism of STEM, STEAM and STREAM. STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Arts Math STREAM – Science Technology Engineering Reading Arts Math Sharing our past participation in multiple events before and

during our current crisis of the pandemic.

Aida and I have been blessed to still be actively involved and contributing to the local, national and global growth of youth, teens and young adults in STEM, STEAM and STREAM.

Photos throughout 2020 and 2021

More to come….

Aida teaching online….

Digital Influencer “Diversity In Tech Panel” Afro-Latina the former Aida Correa now Aida Jackson

Aida and William – Digital and Community Influencers

Create My Voice – Using voice technology on our blogs. 
“Alexa run my quest to teach” and “Alexa run love built life”
for more information

Future astronaut Taylor Richardson

Ford VIP Bloggers – Connect Ford

International Auto-show in Orlando, Florida as Ford Bloggers and Digital Influencers with Janea, Elijah and Elisha

Girls Inc Virtual Workshop

WordCamp US – Meeting Matt

William Jackson – Digital Influencer and Evangelist

Past Physical Education Teacher to STREAM Educator how do the youth, teens and young adults in your life view you – perceptions are important. My Quest to Teach

Aida – Artist, Author, Speaker, Instructor, Business Owner LoveBuiltLife, LLC


William is the digital innovator for his brand My Quest To Teach using the hashtag #MyQuestToTeach sharing his journey teaching,  mentoring,

community activism and community collaborations.

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