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 over a decade, 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 14th year as an educator. I currently serve as a 5-8 middle school dean in Indianapolis. Previously, I have served as an elementary library/media specialist, 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 an adjunct instructor at IUPUI since 2013 and Marian University since 2018. 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 & Book Publisher
I am currently a writer and editor for Indy K12, and I also edit for EdLanta. I previously edited work for One Public Education, D.C. K12., Secondline Blog, Memphis K12, and The Educator’s Room. In addition to writing for Indy K12, I have had work published in various publications such as The 74, Huffington Post, Education Post, Citizen Education, & TWINS Magazine.
On March 31, 2019, my husband and I started a book publishing company called Barnes Brothers Books, LLC where we aim to publish diverse books for all readers.
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.
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!