Quan Neloms, 36, is a passionate and committed educator, community leader, husband and father.

In the midst of his undergraduate studies, Neloms spent two years serving in Detroit’s Brightmoor Community.  While launching after-school and physical education programs in the area’s schools and public housing development, Neloms realized his passion for working with youth and young adults, particularly young Black men.  Believing that young men needed to see themselves as teachers, leaders, and productive community members, Neloms made the commitment to become a teacher and to remain in the city of Detroit.  

After obtaining his Bachelors of Education in 2003, Neloms accepted a position in the Detroit Public Schools providing instruction as a secondary social studies teacher.  Neloms has spent the majority of his teaching career at the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men, still pursuing his original goal of helping to develop Black men.   At Douglass, Neloms has been able to hone his craft and combine his passion for history, film, music, and art with technology, helping students learn and achieve while showcasing their acquired knowledge through artwork, music, website development and video production. 

One of Neloms’ signature achievements is the creation of the “Lyricist Society.”  Launched in 2009 as an after-school activity, the program was created to increase student involvement in creative arts while promoting cultural awareness, the value of achievement and improving literacy through the use of hip hop and digital media.  The students’ work has been recognized by the administrative/executive branches of the Detroit Public Schools, Detroit City Council, the Historical Society of Michigan, internationally known musical acts and colleges and universities. 

Neloms resides in Detroit where he is loved and supported by his wife of ten years, their two sons, and a host of family members and friends.