Kadedra always knew she wanted to help people for a living. After going to school for pre-med, she ended up switching to become a counselor, which she feels she was called to do. As a single mom to an adorable 6-year old and a high school counselor in inner city Philadelphia (where she grew up), Kadedra spends her days helping and inspiring the future generation.
While there are other school districts where she could make more money, she was called back to this school because of the kids. “These kids need a little bit more love than most,” she shared.
She works extremely hard every day to show up for them, to teach them the importance of holding yourself to a high standard and inspiring them to define themselves and chase their dreams, despite the situations they’ve faced.
Working hard at her job and raising her daughter, Kadedra doesn’t have a lot of funds (or time) to put towards her wardrobe. She wants to feel ease and comfort in her clothes, while still looking nice and professional. Even if she doesn’t always have the latest styles, what she does have is a strong stance towards beauty today and a deep desire to inspire her daughter and her students to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin.
“I always tell and show my daughter that beauty is how you feel. That you should love your hair, whether it’s done or not. That your feet are the perfect size. That you are the perfect height. That none of us are alike, and that’s what makes each of us special. Everything is perfect about you, because it’s perfectly you!”
It’s one thing to stand up and speak out about beauty, it’s another to truly embody your words. Kadedra does both.
“On the right side of my arm I have my red side, it’s a birthmark. Some people might hide something like this, but I think it makes me different! I don’t need a mood ring, I have a mood arm!”
Kadedra is an inspiration to all of us, from truly embodying the concept of beauty to showing up wholeheartedly every day to guide her students. We are beyond proud to have her as a Heartfelt Role Model!