About Me

Mrs Barnes

I’m Shawnta (Shawn-tay) S. Barnes and I’m also known as Educator Barnes.  I am a married mother of identical twin boys.family

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 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



I am a writer and editor for two publications, Indy K12 and The Educator’s Room.

Indy K12 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 am the editor of this publication.

The Educator’s Room is a publication where teachers are empowered as the experts in education. I am one of the editors for this publication.

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.

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!

One comment

  1. Hi there, I have only recently discovered your blog (pertaining to education) after reading your article about why you left IPS. I live in midtown and have kiddos in two different IPS schools. I am borderline obsessed with education reform and am particularly concerned about IPS’s current trajectory. I am seeking guidance on the upcoming school board election. Will you consider writing a piece on which candidates you intend so support and why? I would love to hear your thoughts.

    Chelsea Koehring


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