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Mr. Cox is an educator, motivational speaker, and a mentor to many. He is a graduate of Anderson University, in Anderson, SC, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He is now a 4th-grade teacher at Varennes Elementary School in Anderson, SC. Justus is originally from Greenville, SC where his family resides. He is a man of faith, family, and community.
Justus is a co-founder of a mentoring organization in Greenville, SC, Young Brothers Academy. Young Brothers Academy works with young men grades 8th – through 10th, with a focus on education, empowerment, and exposure. Justus is also a member of the Call Me MISTER program, a program to help increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the lowest-performing elementary schools. In 2013, Justus was awarded the Roy Jones Director award for his hard work, dedication, and service during an internship with the Call Me MISTER program. In 2016, he was awarded the Upstate Diversity Leadership Award for "Outstanding College Student", by the Riley Institute. Justus was awarded The Emerging Leader Community Award from the Anderson County United Way African American Leadership Society. In 2016, Justus was recognized as one of Anderson’s Independent Mail 20 under 40. In 2018, Justus was recognized as The Block’s “Black History Maker” for the month of February.
Prior to his time at Varennes, Mr. Cox taught at Monaview Elementary (4th Grade), New Prospect Elementary (4th & 5th grade), and Cleveland Academy of Leadership (4th grade). He also just recently got married in the Summer of 2020.
Mr. Cox says, “I'm very passionate about education, not only in the classroom but from a global perspective as well. I truly believe that education is the key to discontinuing the many cycles that plague our families, communities, and our educational system.” Justus plans for the future is to surpass the norm in education and to take it as far as it can go. “I don’t know what that’s going to look like ten years from now, but I am open and willing to let God lead the way.”