Document Type

Conference Proceeding


In this case study, a sample of six Black women educators (BWEs) in Connecticut’s K-12 public urban schools were surveyed using semi-structured interviews, demographic surveys and Clance’s Impostor Phenomenon Scales to illuminate their lived experiences. Using a seven step data analysis model six major themes were elicited from the participants. One significant finding is that diamonds are born under extreme pressure, despite the unique challenges BWEs in this sample have endured that have triggered their career movement; all of the BWEs in this sample have demonstrated how they have persisted past adversity to remain the field.