African-American Teaching Fellows helps to combat turnover ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

The first time LaNika Barnes had an African-American teacher was in middle school. The teacher, Mr. Vines, saw that the school’s students of color were not being placed in advanced math and science classes, and he pushed his students to take them.


“My first dream job as an elementary school student was being an astronaut, but I had never seen a black female astronaut,” Barnes said. “Because of him, my first female science teacher and, of course, my family, I realized I could be whatever I wanted to be.”


Over time, Barnes’ career goals shifted to becoming a science teacher. She already had begun a career as an academic adviser and needed to take several assessments and complete a certification program to become a teacher.


“It can…

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