About Shawnta S. Barnes

Shawnta S. Barnes works in Indianapolis for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township as an elementary library/media specialist and for Marian University as an adjunct professor. Previously, she has served as an elementary and high school literacy coach, a middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher, and K-5 English as a New Language teacher. Shawnta is an education writer for Indy K12, a publication under the Citizen Education network. She is also the winner of the 2019 Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Journalism Award.

Teacher Attendance Does Matter, but I Still Unapologetically Take Days Off at My School

Yesterday, my fellow Indy K12 writer David McGuire Wrote, “Teacher Attendance Matters.”  As a school principal, I know he is under pressure to ensure his students receive the best education.  The heart of his piece was to emphasize how teacher absences can bring challenges to schools including student achievement.  Teaching is one of the professions [...]

By |2018-12-21T16:28:21-04:00December 21st, 2018|Instruction & Curriculum|2 Comments

It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year- A Teacher’s Edition

It’s the most stressful time of the year With the kids tattle-telling And everyone yelling, “When will break be here?” It’s the most stressful time of the year.   It’s the wack-wackiest season of all With those faux happy greetings and silly staff meetings When you have work to grade from fall It’s the wack-wackiest [...]

By |2018-12-19T19:42:33-04:00December 19th, 2018|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

A Conversation with Dr. Jeff Butts, 2019 Indiana Superintendent of the Year

Superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts was recently named the 2019 Indiana Superintendent of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS). He is the superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, a school district on the west side of Indianapolis.  He will represent Indiana in the National Superintendent of the Year competition. [...]

By |2018-10-10T14:11:27-04:00October 10th, 2018|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments