Andre Peterson lost his home while attending Potomac, but was able to transform his life through music inspired by his daughter

Arielle Kouyoumdjian


Courtesy of Andre Peterson

Andre plays with his daughter, Alijah, who sparked his transformation.

Arielle Kouyoumdjian, Multimedia Editor

     Starting at the age of seven, Andre Peterson’s bus whisked him from his southeast DC neighborhood to the Potomac School. Teetering between two vastly different worlds, Andre’s life unraveled at age seventeen, when he became homeless, fathered a child, and left Potomac. With the help of the Sasha Bruce House, Andre set out to build a relationship with his daughter and to set a better example for her. Music helped Andre find his rhythm, rebuild his life, and change his world.
     I invite you to hear Andre, as @Troolyhim, perform his award winning song “Smile Like Me.”
     In this podcast, I explore Andre’s challenging past and ask what could Potomac School have done to help this young man navigate the chasm he felt between home and school?