Proud mom — and jazz DJ — Melva Okun writes to let us know that her son, Will is the teacher winner of the New York Times Trip to Africa with Nick Kristoff!

Will’s essay shows that he is certainly a great choice. Will is a photographer (his site) and a teacher at Westside Alternative High School located in one of the lowest-income communities of Chicago. Will prides himself as someone who seeks “to capture the happiness and joy that can occur in everyday moments and the beauty that exists within every person, regardless of their income. Most importantly, [he tries] to produce unique portraits that capture the essence of each person.”

He explains in this video (from NYTimes).