About Educator Barnes

Educator Barnes is a middle school dean and adjunct college professor. Previously, she served as an elementary library/media specialist, an elementary and high school literacy coach, a middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher, and a K-5 English as a New Language teacher. Shawnta is an education writer and editor 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.

Why School Father & Daughter Dances are Antiquated

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Besides being bombarded with reminders to agree to bring an item for the Valentine’s Day class party on Sign-Up Genius, parents are also sent flyers about the father and daughter dance.  As our society continues to change, our schools remain stagnant and keep hanging onto antiquated ideas. I [...]

By |2019-02-10T22:43:24-04:00February 10th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

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