Mario Lemons is a native of Detroit, and was educated in the Detroit Public Schools system. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Curriculum, with a Specialization in English and Language Instruction. Mario is passionate about empowering young people to be their best selves and is excited to bring his expertise to Detroit students. For the past five years, Mario has dedicated himself to empowering students academically, socially and emotionally, providing both academic and behavioral support for Detroit elementary and middle school students. Mario also continues his work educating young people in the arts as Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Sharing The Gift, a community engagement theater production company working with students ages 4 – college. Outside of school, Mario enjoys traveling frequently with his travel club, being involved in the arts community, and giving back to the less fortunate.