Mario Jovan Shaw

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Mario Jovan Shaw

2015 Black Male Achievement Fellow
Founder of Profound Gentlemen with Jason Terrell

Mario Jovan Shaw 2015 Black Male Achievement Fellow

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Increase the number of impactful and influential role models for black male students by recruiting and developing black men to be schoolteachers.


Profound Gentlemen strategically recruits, develops, and sustains black male educators who offer a profound additional impact in the lives of students, more specifically young black males. Through a cohort experience, tailored development, and continuing opportunities, Profound Gentlemen shapes black males who redefine the image of urban education. Profound Gentlemen’s end goal is to match the percentage of black male educators to young black boys in urban education while giving them more positive images and opportunities to pursue their purpose.


Mario Jovan Shaw is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Profound Gentlemen where he serves to redefine the image of urban education through increasing the percent of black male educators. Previously, Mario taught seventh grade in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools through Teach For America. While teaching, Mario created a program called the BrotherHood to address the needs of young black males in his classroom. During a discussion, participants evaluated the lack of black male educators nationally. This sparked Mario’s passion for creating Profound Gentlemen. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Education and has been featured in Teach For America and Charlotte’s local publications to address the importance of increasing the percentage of black male educators.

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