Madison tutor reaches students through rap

Published: Oct. 11, 2018 at 8:23 PM CDT
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When it came time to decide what he wanted to do, Alexis Dean says working with children was a clear path after he graduated college.

Dean worked as a camp coordinator and volunteered with children groups while getting his education from UW Milwaukee. Since August, he has been a literary tutor at Mendota Elementary School in Madison.

"The kids are awesome here," Dean said.

The feeling is mutual. Teachers and students have taken a liking to the newest school member, especially after a rap he made.

"The kids were going nuts. They just loved it," teacher Susan Cavers said.

Dean made a rap about attendance and the importance of going to school. It starts out with him waking up to his alarm, then he goes into rhymes about why school is a good place to be.

"If they come to school, they can be apart of something. We want them to know that this is a community school, and we are all a community. We are here for one another," Dean said.

The Milwaukee native says it is his own childhood that inspired him to get involved with teaching. His father died when he was 7-years-old.

"My dad,. He was my hero," Dean said. "I really focus on family and just those positive connections and I see that in a lot of kids they that connect."

View the full rap here: