SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Kervin Campbell takes his teaching beyond the classroom at Mansfield Middle School. "He's a great mentor, he's my mentor teacher. He has motivated me to get back in school and to finish school and I finish school this month in secondary education social studies" Jemartrius Mayweather, who nominated Kervin Campbell for the Golden Apple Award, says. Mayweather says Mr. Campbell pushed him forward even when he thought he couldn't do it. "He lives by this motto: if I can help someone along the way, then he knows living is not going to be in vain" Mayweather says.
Mr. Campbell has not stopped building success stories like that one. "I saw that there was a need for those young men, the young men at our school. They were sagging and some of them were wearing their shirt tails out. Basically they just didn't know how to dress like young men are supposed to dress" Kervin Campbell, teacher at Mansfield Middle School, says. He created a "Gentlemen's Club" at Mansfield Middle School where he teaches the boys how to be gentlemen, and how to succeed once they graduate.
"I always knew what was right and what was wrong, but gentlemen's club has helped me out with that because I started getting in trouble. Mr. Campbell helped me out, so gentlemen's club has helped me a lot" Justin Hogan, student and member of the Gentlemen's Club at Mansfield Middle, says.
"I also have taught them how to tie neck ties, how to iron their shirt and put a crease in their shirt, how it's important when you go into the workforce, how you are supposed to dress. Your employer is not going to hire you if you walk into the office and are sagging" Campbell says. Campbell wants them to be able to tackle life outside of school like gentlemen. "With the gentlemen's club we teach the children that regardless of what your situation is you can be successful" Campbell says.