I’m Shawnta (Shawn-tay) S. Barnes and I’m also known as Educator Barnes. I am a married mother of identical twin boys.
I believe being an educator is my calling. Although I studied English education in college and have worked in the K-12 setting for years, I love to teach people more than how to analyze a text. Below, I have included information about my various endeavors:
K-12 Educator & College Adjunct Instructor ~ https://educatorbarnes.com/k12resources/
This is my 13th year as an educator. I currently serve as a K-6 Library/Media Specialist for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis. Previously, I have served as both an elementary and high school Literacy Coach, elementary English language learner teacher, and a middle and high school English Teacher. In addition to teaching at the K-12 level, I have been a college instructor for the last five years teaching at both IUPUI and Marian University. I am a strong advocate for urban schools and culturally responsive education.
- M.S. in Language Education IUPUI
- B.A. in English Education Purdue University
- Language Arts 5-12
- Reading P-12
- English as a New Language P-12
- Library/Media P-12
- School Administration P-12
Writer & Editor
I am a writer for two publications, Indy/Ed and The Educator’s Room.
Indy/Ed is an education blog that is part of the Citizen Education network. This network includes blogs in L.A., D.C., NOLA and Memphis. I also edit some of the work of my fellow Citizen Education writers.
The Educator’s Room is a publication where teachers are empowered as the experts in education.
In addition to writing for two education publications, I have had my poetry and articles published in other publications. One day, I hope to publish a book.
Urban Gardener Educator ~ https://www.gardenershicole.com/
The first website I created online was Gardener Shicole. Shicole is my middle name and my nickname. Because I established the Gardener Shicole website before I conceived Educator Barnes, I refer to myself as Gardener Shicole for all things garden related. I grew up growing food with my parents and now I teach my children and other people I know how to grow their own food and make harvest meals. You can follow my urban gardening journey on Twitter and Instagram @GardenerShicole.
Finance Coach ~ https://financiallyfreefamilies.wordpress.com/
In 2011, our family doubled and went from two to four. In addition to the number of people in our family increasing, the amount of our debt increased too. My husband and I were in debt due to infertility treatments, my two-month hospitalization during my pregnancy, and our sons’ two-month stay in the NICU, credit card debt, students loans, and vehicle loans. We just wanted to find a way out and get our heads above water. In 2012, when our former church offered a dfree class, we decided to sign up and at the end of the course, we won the award for paying off the most debt. Since 2012, we have eliminated over $100,000 in debt, and we coach other people in the dfree lifestyle.
Genealogist ~ https://richardsonfamilylegacy.com/
A couple years after I graduated from Purdue University, I wanted to learn more about my paternal grandmother and her family. My dad and I along with other family members began researching our family history. This led to the creation of a 224 page Richardson family history book. Then, I started learning more about being a genealogist and started researching other branches of my family. Currently, I am converting the Richardson family history book to digital form so it can be a living legacy. I hope to do the same for other branches of my family.
Podcast Host ~ Brazen Education Podcast on iTunes
December 2018, I began hosting the podcast Brazen Education, an education podcast with a focus on speaking your truth, being transparent to help others, and having no shame about it!