Alanda and Javan Posey

by Terry Watson | November 14th, 2018
Alanda and Javan Posey (Photos by B. Smith Photography)

Alanda and Javan Posey (Photos by B. Smith Photography)

The true success of a person should only be measured by the success of others who are directly connected to them. In the case of Alanda and Javan Posey, this assessment appears to be working unilaterally. Together, their ambitions and qualities compliment their natural desires to be more than just a couple who happens to be married, a union that has lasted for 15 years and produced three beautiful daughters.

Javan is a native of Greenville, S.C. He is also a registered barber who takes pride in the God given gift of grooming others. Entering into his ninth year as the lead barber of The Official Next Level Barbershop in Mauldin, S.C., his gift has taken him to places he never imagined.

“I consider myself to be a professional groomer who has made a career as a barber. Some would only see me as a barber, but I look at it as more than that. It’s not about the haircut or styles of hair. It’s all about building self-esteem and earning the trust of people to keep them looking good. That’s why I’m in this profession,” he says.

Alanda is a native of Greenville. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina in Early Childhood Education. She has obtained a master’s degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College and an Educational Specialist degree in Literacy from Converse College. Currently, she is enrolled at Furman University for School Leadership. Alanda entered the teaching profession in 2009 and began her teaching career in Spartanburg District 7 at The Cleveland Academy of Leadership. Currently she is an Instructional Coach at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville County.

Not only is Alanda an awesome educator, she is a researcher at heart and has become a local presenter in both South Carolina and North Carolina. She has developed a literacy training for teachers titled, “Read to the Beat,” which demonstrates an innovative way to teach and reading, using music.

To separate himself from others in his profession, Javan focuses on being able to provide the best possible grooming experience to his clients. His feature service is the grooming of the beard. “As a beard specialist, I help customers start the growth process of their beard. I enhance the structure and outline of the beard to give the customer a distinct look. Additionally, I provide cleansing services for the beard that will help the customer maintain growth and shape,” he says. “I also offer a Haircut Enhancements service in which I use hair coloring to increase the value of the haircut, shape-up, or shaping of the beard. The purpose of this service is to present a more upscale look for the customer. Additionally, I offer Hot Lather Shaves. This service is one that definitely provides ‘The Groomer’s Touch’ because it is a rare commodity in the barbering game. When customers request this service, they are seeking a cleaner look with this shaving experience. The customer enjoys a hot lather with steaming towels, fresh razor, and the application of a post-shave soother. It is a state-of-the-art experience that guarantees a confident look.”

Depending on the choice of service, the grooming experience will last 30 minutes to one hour. The Groomer’s Touch promises to produce a haircut with no worries, lots of relaxation, a therapy session, and a prayer partner.

Alanda is also the face of Soulful Beginnings, an academic services company based in Greenville, that provides tutoring services, intervention, enrichment, instructional camps, and teacher trainings in the form of professional development for any subject area. We specialize in improving literacy skills for elementary students in grades K-4 (Pre-Kindergarten) to 5th grade. The company was founded in 2010 and is a home-based business with the ability to be a mobile site depending up on the need of the child. Soulful Beginnings has the ability to meet your family’s needs in various ways. We give you the option to create a schedule that works within your day to day activities. The mission of Soulful Beginnings is to empower and engage children to have the will to believe in themselves enough so that they have the confidence to do anything. Our goal is to promote literacy and increase the reading abilities of children in every area. The children will be able to read across the curriculum and respond as a mathematician, historian, and a scientist. The focus is to develop citizens for the 21st century so that children will be articulate and be able to make informed decisions.

Soulful Beginnings was founded in October of 2010 with a dream of changing the way that children experienced learning and academic success. The company was established after Alanda completed her first year as a teacher in Spartanburg 7 School District. Working as Kindergarten Teacher in a Title 1 school Alanda was able to educate students affiliated with a low socioeconomic status. This school setting provided her with a unique experience to change the narrative of educating the black child. “There’s an illusion present in society that students that live in low-income households cannot be as successful as their affluent counterparts. However, it was the magical and supernatural course of events that took place in Room 307 of that building that elevated my thinking to another level. I was able to empower my students and their parents to believe that success can be their norm. It was this educational value that I wanted to replicate in Greenville County as well. While teaching in Spartanburg County, I started this company to give parents hope and to dispute every teacher that said, “Your child is behind in ______.” I teach students in their session that effort is necessary for success, so it doesn’t matter how you start as long as you’re willing to finish strong!”

In our 8th year of operation, Soulful Beginnings made a powerful decision to expand as a publishing company and we released our first children’s book titled, “Naomi Visits Letter City.” This book is perfect for readers in elementary school, especially in classrooms for Pre-Kindergarten to second grade students. The main character is Naomi and she takes a trip through an urban community. The character represents our youngest daughter, Naomi, who is an adventurous and very curious little girl. The purpose of writing the book was to expose young children to the attributes of an urban community and build their vocabulary. Ultimately, the goal is to provide accessibility to a diverse text where children of color can see themselves as a main character of a story. A new beginning was birthed through this process and we have plans to expand the knowledge of children across the globe.

Without question, Javan and Alanda have positioned themselves to directly impact their communities through various outlets. By the same actions, this power couple is ensuring their legacy will be one that others can study and follow. As Javan continues to allow his gift to reach anyone who experiences his grooming services, Alanda hopes to continue to plant seeds of knowledge and wisdom in the lives who will eventually lead the world

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