Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Rayco Branch, MSW, M.Ed was born and raised in Champaign, IL. A product of an amazing mother and absent, drug addicted father, she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in school social work and a master’s degree in adult education and training. Despite being raised in a single parent, low income home Rayco rose above her circumstances and has taught from elementary to adult education. Her certifications include: Type 03: Elementary Education (IL), Type 73: School Service Personnel: School Social Worker (IL), AZ Certified: Highly Qualified Elementary Education (K-8) and Middle Grades Language Arts and AZ Certified: Highly Qualified High School English. She is a Golden Apple Scholar trained in: Balanced Literacy, Jumpstart-Mastering Anger, Self-Discipline and Emotional Control, PBIS, and Kids at Hope. A persistent advocate for the disenfranchised, Rayco currently works as a Behavior Interventionist Specialist in Phoenix Union High School District. With all of that said, her commitment to education and social justice is best exemplified in her two beautiful children Quatro (11) and Ella Leanay (7) who are not just highly gifted children, but who led to her being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine for her effective co-parenting with her ex-husband. Both professionally and at home, Rayco Lean Branch is the embodiment of a ‘Master Educator’!

Parents-A Child's First and Forever: Teacher, Advocate and Protector

The education of our children is the responsibility of the schools, right? WRONG! School is a supplemental tool but YOU, the parents, are the essential ingredients. We are their first teachers, advocates, and protectors and that role never ends. A proper education lays the foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. No one will ever be more committed to your kids’ future than you.  But how do we help our children maneuver a broken school system? What are our specific roles as parents? This workshop will answer those questions and more. Identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, research and regulation, protection and mitigation of outside influences are just a few of the tools to be covered in this essential presentation. Education is vital for life-long success. Let’s do our part to give our kids a fighting chance. This is how…