An investment in education drives the work of African American Teaching Fellows. On October 11, 2013, we will host the third annual John E. Baker Legacy Dinner at Farmington Country Club from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. The annual event is an exciting tribute to the late Lt. Col. John E. Baker (Ret.USA), a community leader and trailblazer.
This year, our keynote address will be given by Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Maurice Jones.
The John E. Baker Legacy Dinner celebrates Col. Baker’s great legacy as a transformational community leader and to raise funds to support the important mission of increasing the number of African American teachers in the local public schools. We anticipate more than 200 guests, including leaders from the fields of education, politics, and business. The event will be a perfect way to build strong relationships with others who are invested in the lives of young people.
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African American Teaching Fellows
Formed in 2005, African American Teaching Fellows works to recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American Teachers to serve the schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. We support the education of college students who have traditionally been underserved, and we empower Fellows to return to local schools, serving as the next generation of leaders. Inspired by research suggesting that a diverse teaching staff improves student performance, we believe that – led by a diverse faculty - the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle will eliminate the achievement gap and become a model for the development of cultural dexterity among students. A generation of young people who grow up learning from a diverse faculty will be more likely to celebrate their differences, to embrace their similarities, and to know themselves.