Congratulations Ms. Black!
Jenna Black, Early Childhood Education Teacher, is in her 31st year of teaching
Family and Consumer Sciences at Decatur High School. In 1990, she began teaching Early Childhood Education and opened the doors of the Frasier Center Lab School in 1991. Ms. Black says,
“The Frasier Center is a project, that against many odds, was started in 1991 as a child development center to keep teen parents in school and to reduce the teen pregnancy rate at Decatur High. I believed that if we provided childcare, mentoring, and one-on-one case management to each teen parent that we could change lives, and we did. In 1996, we had 46 teen parents and today we have zero at the Frasier Center.
Over the years as our teen parent numbers reduced, our school system saw an influx of new teachers with young families. I took on a different role as a mentor to young parents and teachers throughout the school system. It is hard to plan for your own classroom and to be the best teacher you can be when you are worried about your own child and how to balance work and home. As an experienced teacher I am passionate about retaining and mentoring young teachers so they will remain in our profession.”
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