[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” z_index=”” padding_top=”25″ padding_bottom=”25″][vc_column][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”grid” text_align=”left” css_animation=”” padding_top=”25″ padding_bottom=”25″][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”4114″ img_size=”full” qode_css_animation=””][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]April Cobb, MBA is a native of Tampa, FL. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from University of South Florida and a Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. She also holds Florida teaching certificates in Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum and Prekindergarten/Primary Education and holds several other leadership certificates.
April is a 22 year veteran teacher in Hillsborough County Public Schools, where she currently serves 6th grade students at a Title 1, Renaissance, Transformational school. As a highly effective math teacher she understands the importance of connecting with youth and being culturally aware of her students needs in order to effectively teach them. Her passion and resilience afforded her with a nomination by her colleagues as the 2019 Teacher of the year and Ida S. Baker of the year, she also was the 2018 Irish 31 Cheers Service Award Recipient for Education, the recipient of the 2018 Black Girls Rock Tampa Bay for Education and Tau Beta Zeta Sorority as the Community Service recipient for 2019 and recently honored by the American Association of University Women as their 2020 Blue Ribbon recipient.
As a humanitarian and community servant, April advocates and provides life changing seminars and services for youth and women in her community through her own nonprofit organization B.E.A.U.T.E Blueprint Foundation Inc. BEAUTE Blueprint Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) education organization serving youth and women in the Tampa Bay Area, subsidiary for Blueprint4girls STEM+ Mentorship Program (B4G).
B4G STEM+ Mentorship Program strive at developing leaders through Literacy, Love and STEM+. She believes that despite our upbringing, background or community, we all have been blessed with an equal opportunity to seek education and wealth. Her priority is to dismantle systemic barriers that prevent underserved girls from gaining exposure to STEM Career fields and improve their literacy skills by developing opportunities for them to discuss social issues that affect their personal lives, as well as their communities.
April currently serves as the Vice-President of the Terrace Park Neighborhood Association and an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), a women’s advocacy group where she served as the past Parliamentarian and Education Chair, a past member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an organization designed to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race. She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Inc. (IFAMM & OES), a community development of men, women and children group where she served as a Worthy Matron (past President) and in addition serves as the Equity Liason, Restorative Practices Trainer, Go365 Champion, Classroom Teachers Association Representative and Student Advisory Committe Chair at Jennings Middle School.
During her Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks, she spends time traveling on college tours with her all girl stem mentorship program, Blueprint4girls , hosting personal development and financial literacy seminars, provide social experiences outings(i.e. the movies, museums, restaurants..) and volunteering at the Centre for Girls and Rays of Hope.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]