Deconte Margaret Brumskine-Ricks, 1st Vice National Chair for Programs

 

Photo of Margaret Ricks

Mrs. M. Deconte Brumskine-Ricks was born in Maternity Center, Monrovia, Montserrado County in Liberia. She is a Special Education Teacher with the New York Department of Education.  She is an Attorney and an Educator. She graduated from B.W. Harris Episcopal School in Monrovia, Liberia in December of 1978. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee in June, 1984.  Thereafter she entered the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia and graduated with a Masters in Law in 1988.  She then came back to the United States and attended New York University where she obtained a Masters in Law in 1990.0 years. In 2003 she was offered an opportunity by an organization called the New York Teaching Fellows to pay for her to obtain a graduate degree in education if she would commit to teach in the New York Public School System for 2 years. Mrs. Ricks attended Fordham University and earned a Master of Science in Teaching in 2003. Mrs. Ricks has been employed with the New York City Department of Education for the last 19 years in various positions such as Special Education Teacher, Special Education Liaison, School Leadership Team Chairperson, Teacher Mentor, U.F.T. Delegate, she has helped her school with compliance issues, writing Comprehensive Education Plans, Training Special Education Teachers and negotiating and arbitrating for other teachers.

Mrs. Ricks would like to highlight that her greatest accomplishment is having a personal relationship with God which she shares with all those that she meets. She has been married to Milton Nagbo Ricks, who also happens to be a classmate from B.W. Harris School for 23 years. Her philosophy in life is to advocate for Democracy and the rights of the majority. She believe that in all organizations, the goal should be “A government for the people by the people” Mrs. Ricks is a member of the Liberian Advocacy for Change, B.W. Harris Class of 1978 and the B.W. Harris New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Chapter. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a member of the Queen Esther Chapter #1 of the Eastern Star organization in Liberia.