DR. WALTER MILTON, JR.
Led by Dr. Walter Milton, Jr., our diverse team of seasoned historians and curriculum developers have collective experience in varied education disciplines. Dr. Milton is a native of Rochester, New York. He earned a B.A. from the University of Albany and an M.S. from SUNY College at Brockport. He took postgraduate courses at the University of Rochester to receive his administrative certifications, including his superintendent’s license. Dr. Milton has also taught at several universities across the United States. He holds a Doctorate degree in leadership and policy from the University of Buffalo. He is also a published author of Me in the Making – One Man’s Journey to Becoming a School Superintendent, (2008) and Why Black Men Must Save Black Boys in America’s Public Schools (2014). He served as a school superintendent for twelve years, in the states of New York, Michigan, and Illinois. Dr. Milton is currently CEO of From the Heart International Educational Services.
DR. JOEL FREEMAN
For 20 NBA seasons, Dr. Freeman served as player development mentor and character coach for the Washington Bullets/Wizards team – surviving six coaching changes. It was during this time that his rather unique interest in Black History first emerged. In 1995 he co-authored the book, Return To Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man, with the foreword written by Julius “Dr. J” Erving. He later (2003) co-wrote the film version of the book, currently with Spanish, Portuguese, French and English subtitles. Multiculturally astute, Joel has worked with the Association of International Schools for Africa (AISA), traveling extensively throughout the continent of Africa and conducting a number of training events for educators and other leaders. He has also assisted in addressing issues surrounding conflict resolution, tribal warfare and the AIDS crisis in meetings with over 100 African kings and queens throughout Benin, Togo, and Nigeria.
HEATHER R. SANDERS
Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont University. She received a master’s of education from TSU and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Administration. Her research includes educational leadership responsibility and the ideological and practical implications of White, Protestant influence in educational systems and programming especially for students of color. Heather is a former middle school educator and educational leader in Nashville, TN, currently serving as From The Heart’s Executive Director. Heather also owns with her husband, Brian, a dynamic media firm, A Sanders Company®. She is passionate about training educators to be culturally responsible through continued and intentional training and coaching and travels the nation empowering districts to become highly-effective learning communities. Heather is a published author of three children’s books and has been a featured author in several other publications.