Jerrell G. Davis
Co-Founder & Servant Leader Educator
Jerrell G. Davis is a proud product of the South End of Seattle. He passionately serves Rainier Beach and Seattle as a whole in community development, the arts and education at all levels. Jerrell has been a Servant Leader Educator at Rainier Beach for 2 years, and was a Servant Leader Intern (2) and Site Coordinator (1) at WA-BLOC’s CDF Freedom Schools the last 3 summers. Jerrell is the one of the cofounders of WA-BLOC, a member of Seattle Peoples Party, and also known as the budding hip-hop artist “Rell Be Free.” Jerrell has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business Economics from Seattle Pacific University and has aspirations to radically transform Education.
Co-Founder & Program Manager
Laura is an educator, community organizer, and competitive amateur boxer, residing and working in the South End of Seattle. She is a committed and passionate advocate for equity and racial justice, co-founding the first two Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools in Washington State and works to create spaces that magnify personal narratives, challenge societal injustices, and foster creative community engagement. Laura has worked in the non-profit sector, specifically at Rainier Beach High School, for eight years and most recently is a founding member of Washington Building Leaders of Change (WA-BLOC), a grassroots youth education and social justice leadership organization that began in 2016. Laura has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Seattle Public University and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration from Seattle University.
K. Cyprus Richardson
Case Manager & Servant Leader Educator
Cyprus has always been a man of the community, just like Aqua-man defends Atlantis, Cyprus has been protecting the south end of Seattle with honor, grace & moxie. Growing up in such a diverse area allowed him to participate in many different activities including sports, plays, volunteer work and speech giving. With that experience, Cyprus has found himself in front of crowds all around Seattle hosting shows and doing standup comedy. In his free time, he is an aviation enthusiast studying to achieve his private pilot’s license hopefully within the next year. Cyprus is a student at Seattle Central College pursuing a degree in education and will be graduating as soon as they stop playing with his credits. Cyprus has been working as a CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Educator for the past year and is excited to be a part of the WA-BLOC dynamic.
Co-Founder & Case Manager
Darozyl Touch is a South Seattle raised, Khmer American activist-educator who is passionate about creating spaces for scholars to be their authentic selves, explore meaning, and affirm their identities. She earned her baccalaureate degree in Political Science with departmental honors from Seattle University. Darozyl strongly believes educating young people is Soul Work that knows no boundaries, requiring the synergy of heart, mind, body, and spirit to educe the gift of knowledge mutually reciprocated between both the scholar and the educator.
Case Manager & Servant Leader Educator
Makaelah was born and raised in the Seattle area. She is a senior at Seattle University, majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. She plans to obtain her Master’s in Teaching and become a high school English teacher in Seattle Public Schools. She worked as a Servant Leader Educator with WA-BLOC this past summer and has previous experience working with students through other educational programs such as Seattle U’s Redhawk Mentoring Program, Jumpstart, and the Youth Tutoring program. She is very passionate about writing, reading, and empowering with youth of color.
Case Manager & After School Coordinator
From the Mid-West to the left coast Jordan Butler has been serving the Rainier Beach community since 2015. Since moving to South Seattle Jordan has worked in various community driven capacities including two years as a CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Educator with WA-BLOC. As Jordan continues to grow personally and professionally he pushes the scholars he works with to do the same. Whether it be giving advice and preparing students for university, or simply getting students to the next period Jordan is committed to the future of the Rainier Beach community and its students.