Waxahachie ISD presents its Spring TRIBE (Teaching – Realizing – Inspiring – Believing – Engaging) Parent Academy at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center.

The topic is “Strategies for Reclaiming Unmotivated and Underachieving Students,” as presented by Dr. Crystal Kuykendall, author and analyst.

Admission is free to the community, which is invited to attend.

“Dr. Kuykendall is considered one of the most dynamic individuals of our time. A critical thinker, analyst, motivator, and mentor, Dr. Kuykendall has astounded audiences and individuals through the power of her observations and the warmth of her words,” a spokesman said. “A highly sought after and savvy speaking sensation; she is an engaging educator, human relations expert, legal analyst/litigator, endearing author and loving mother.”

 Born in Chicago, Ill., Kuykendall graduated from Hyde Park High School at 16 and received a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Illinois University, master of arts degree in sociology and juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. A former elementary and secondary public school teacher, Kuykendall has taught at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University.

She is the former executive director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. She also served as director of Urban & Minority Relations for the National School Boards Association and director of the Citizens Training Institute for the National Committee for Citizens in Education.

Appointed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to the National Advisory Council on Continuing Education, she served as council chairman from 1979-1981. She was also chosen by the editors of Ebony Magazine as one of the “50 Leaders of the Future” in 1979.

She is the author of “From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students.”