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Introducing Dwayne P. Reed Q&A

Adam Muncy

You may remember Dwayne from his viral video, "Welcome to the 4th Grade." We love Dwayne, and everything he does! We thought you'd like to learn a little bit more about him, too.

1. Who are you? What do you do?

"I'm Dwayne Reed from Chicago, IL, and I'm an educator. I just finished receiving my college degree, so now I'm licensed to be a school teacher."

2. Why did you decide to focus on education?

"I feel like education just kinda chose me. After several major changes in college, and actually dropping out at one point, the idea of spending my life serving children and their families just won me over one night."

3. What makes the Midwest special?

"Chicago makes the Midwest special. Ha. But more than that, I think Midwesterners all have a sort of confidence that says, 'Yeah we live in the middle of nowhere with nothing around, but don't mess with us.'"

4. What artists/leaders do you respect the most?

"I respect Jesus and Chance the Rapper. Jesus had a heart for the people, and his life was spent serving others. That's where I hope my heart can get to one day. Chano makes great music and gives it out for free. Additionally, he is a positive force to rally behind because of his goal, as well, to unite people. Both are phenomenal leaders."

5. Lunch with anyone dead or alive?

"I would probably have lunch by myself in the library or in my car. I'm a huge introvert, so sometimes I just need 20 minutes or so to recharge during my day. Haha. I'm down to meet with anybody else right after that!"

6. What is your relationship with the Hounds?

"I met Adam a few years back while volunteering in Chicago. I was attracted to his sense of style and ability to think "big-picture." He was just someone you could trust, and who made you care about his ideas. I've since rocked their gear in music videos and am excited to continue our relationship."

7. Dream career?

"Make great music. Visit schools across the world. Get fascinating books into the hands of all kids. Encourage and excite teachers, parents, and students. And oh--- Summers off :)"

8. What accomplishment are you most proud of so far?

"Doing things the way I'm most comfortable with - music, my teaching style, etc. Everyone's got something to say when you choose to switch things up from the norm. But I'm thankful that God has given me the strength and the faith to go against the norm, even when those around might be saying not to."

9. How did you start your journey volunteering?

"When Chicago had a school strike back in 2012 or 2013, I heard about the thousands of students who would have no place to go. So, I hit up leaders in Chicago and found out what businesses or ministries would be opening up their establishments to housing CPS students. I found one called Inner City Impact, and have been volunteering with them ever since... I am without question, the person I am today because of everything I've learned working at ICI."