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National Board Certified Teacher Claudine Sanders James is in her 12th year of teaching 8th grade English in Central Arkansas. James’ National Board certification is in Early Adolescence English Language Arts, but she was proudly awarded the 2020 James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Arkansas History. Other awards she has received are 2018 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy, and the 2019 Sanford Teacher, Henry Ford Innovation Nation Innovative Teacher, WeTeacher and 2020 Honored Teacher awards.
She also has an ESL endorsement and uses her language skills to teach grammar lessons to her over 164,000 followers on TikTok.
James was the 2019 HSC Community Service awardee and now serves as the district’s community liaison working within the district and community to highlight cultural awareness and to help other educators gain knowledge and skills related to building a platform for culturally responsive teaching.
She says her goal as an educator is to empower her students so they will become civically engaged and seek ways to better the world.
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