Lee-Ann Stephens

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Teacher

St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Lee-Ann Stephens has been an educator for 25 years and was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2006.

She currently serves as a teacher on special assignment with the St. Louis Park School District in Minnesota. She serves Latino and African American high school students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors classes. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University and she served on Minnesota’s Board of Teaching.

She holds a B.A. in International Studies, B.S. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and she is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She is a MinnCAN board member.

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Posted Feb. 18, 2016

Are We Too Focused on How Black Boys Act to Know Who They Really Are?

“Mrs. Stephens, I am having a good day today!” That was how I was enthusiastically greeted by a kindergartner, an…

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Posted June 2, 2015

The ‘Belief Gap’ Prevents Teachers from Seeing the True Potential of Students of Color

In our current education system, we often struggle with something called the belief gap, or the persistent and deep divide…

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Posted Jan. 16, 2015

Teacher of the Year: Consider What Children Need Most When Rewriting Our Nation’s Education Law

Lee-Ann Stephens has been an educator for 25 years and was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. As…

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Posted Dec. 8, 2014

This Black Educator Has Plenty to Say, but Who’s Listening?

In my 25 years as an educator, my most powerful experiences have been with students of color. I have taught…

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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