Shalom! My name is Sophia Smellie and I am the basic skills teacher/Interventionists. This is my thirteenth year at Marion P. Thomas Charter School. I received my Masters in Education and Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Anthropology at Seton Hall University. Like Nelson Mandela and Frederick Douglas, I too believe that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Hence, I will provide a safe learning environment which teaches scholars selflove, discipline, dedication, determination and promote life long learning.