Puff Daddy rebrands teachers as ‘illuminators’

Hip-hop superstar gives staff an interesting job description as he opens a new school in New York

Teachers working at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ new charter school will be given the quirky job title of “illuminators” when it opens this autumn

News that the hip-hop mogul was to found the school, called Capital Prep Harlem, broke last week with Mr Combs describing it as a “dream come true”.

And according to the charter’s designated principal, Danita Jones, the school will eschew the usual job title of “teacher”, choosing instead to go with the term “illuminator”.

“What I did as a teacher was not what illuminators do. Illuminators literally … co-parent,” Jones said, according to the LA Times.

‘Social justice’

It was perhaps unlikely that a man who goes by a multitude of monikers, such as “P. Diddy”, “Puff Daddy” and “Puffy”, would give his teaching staff as banal a job title as “teacher”.

The illuminators will have to call pupils’ parents every two weeks, and they will also be asked to set aside time each day to look at their students’ social-emotional needs.

The school will open in September initially with 160 students in grades 6 and 7 (ages 11-13), before eventually expanding to 700 children in grades 6 to 12 (ages 11-18).

In a statement about the new school, Mr Combs, 47, said: “I want to impact the lives of young people in my community, and build future leaders. The first step is offering access to a quality education. All our children should be able to pursue their dreams.”

The overarching theme of the school will be “social justice”, with students expected to work on “social justice projects” during their school career.

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