Shawnta S. Barnes

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Library/Media Specialist, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township; Adjunct Professor, Marian University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Shawnta S. Barnes is a married mother of identical twin boys. As an Indiana native, she attended school in two Indianapolis school districts. She attended Indianapolis Public Schools for two years and completed her education in Lawrence Township Schools. Her sons entered kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year and now she is experiencing Indianapolis schools from the parent perspective.

Currently, Shawnta is an elementary Library/Media Specialist for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township and an adjunct professor for Marian University. 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. In her spare time, she is an urban gardener and writes about her harvest to table journey at www.gardenershicole.com and she also writes for The Educator Room and Indy Education.  To learn more about Shawnta, visit www.educatorbarnes.com.

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 6, 2018

4 Things Every Parent Needs to Prepare Their Kids for School This Year

Summer is winding down across the country and many have already returned school, or the beginning of the school year…

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Posted Jan. 24, 2018

Want More Diverse Schools? Try School Choice.

In their final essay of first semester, students in Luke Dennison’s ninth-grade English class at Riverside High School used “The…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

My Principal Saw I Needed Compassion Not Punishment, and That Made All the Difference

When I entered Mary Evelyn Castle Elementary School in second grade, it was my third elementary school in three years. We…

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Posted June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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