Alvin Irby, M.S. , MPA,
Alvin Irby is a former kindergarten teacher turned comedian, public speaker, social entrepreneur, and author. He is Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, an award-winning literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops. His hilarious debut children’s book, Gross Greg, invites children to laugh, be silly, and have fun while reading.
As the middle child of three rambunctious kids, Irby quickly discovered his gift for making people laugh. His smart brand of comedy draws on his eclectic educational, professional, and life experiences. Irby holds a Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters of Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He has performed stand-up comedy at clubs and colleges throughout the United States. Irby has also taught grades K, 1, and 4 in independent, district, and charter schools in New York City as well as served as Education Director at the Boys Club of New York.
As a national speaker and experienced cultural competency trainer, Irby inspires thousands of educators, youth development leaders, and public officials each year. His expertise and experience as a classroom teacher, nonprofit leader, author, and comedian create memorable experiences that audiences find highly engaging, informative, and insightful.
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