Kia Debnam believes in educating the whole child through holistic, self-exploratory pedagogy. She believes students can materialize their understanding of science, mathematics, and history by creating self-care products, horticulture, and community impact initiatives. Ms. Debnam deems every student capable of changing the world around them given the tools and resources to hone their wealth of experience and knowledge into tangible skills.
She is an ongoing educator and perpetual learner with support from the Freedom Fellows Institute, New School for Alabama School Founders Program, and the Rural School Leadership Academy. Using her background in Higher Education, TESOL, and student advocacy, Kia founded and leads LIFE (Leaders Influencing Freedom and Excellence) Academy, centered on empowering and enlightening students to develop the efficacy to create their desired results ranging from college access to trades and entrepreneurship. She is an alumna of Howard University, North Carolina Central University, and Canisius College.