Tracey-Ann Lafayette is passionate about student activism and social justice. She empowers her students to think critically about the world around them and devotes her time to encouraging other BIPOC teachers. Last summer, Tracey-Ann organized a virtual summit called Melanin Magic to help educators of color embrace their identities in educational spaces, and this past fall, she supported her students as they successfully petitioned their school district to honor Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on October 12 each year. Tracey-Ann’s work in the classroom has been shaped by multiple Fund for Teachers Fellowships. In 2019, she used an FFT grant to travel to South Africa and learn about the history of apartheid as influenced by Nelson Mandela and the impact passionate individuals can make on their communities––a lesson she tries to impart on every student.
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