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Flynn, Joseph E., Jr.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Legacy Department



There are many ways black teachers affect elementary schools. The influence of a black teacher is mainly on black students, but also white students, colleagues, and administrators. Black teachers help to enhance cultural awareness among white teachers and administrators. They do this by helping others recognize their implicit bias — the attitudes that affect understanding and actions in an unconscious manner (Toribio, 2018). Black teachers also hold high expectations in students that lead to the ambition to achieve and persevere. Having a natural disadvantage in society gives black teachers the will to succeed and strive for greatness and that characteristic gets passed onto their students. These teachers know the struggle to succeed in this world as a black person which gives them a fundamental understanding to their black students. This is when black teachers become strong role models and supports providing a realistic aspect of success that students can relate to.


14 pages




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