Company: Norfolk Public Schools
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Latisha Barnes, Counselor at Norfolk Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.
Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, cum laude, from Norfolk State University in 2000, Ms. Barnes followed with a master’s degree in urban education from the same school in 2003. She later continued her education with a master’s degree in educational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2009.
For over two decades, Ms. Barnes has provided superior service in the educational field. She found success as a teacher with Richard Bowling Elementary from 2001 to 2009, Sherwood Forest Elementary from 2009 to 2015, and since the latter year as a school counselor with Little Creek Elementary, all in Norfolk. Ms. Barnes provides individualized counseling, group counseling and conflict mediation services for students and assists in discipline concerns, and ensures that students have necessities such as backpacks, food and transportation to and from school.
Ms. Barnes’s professional organizations include Alpha Phi Omega, the National Education Association and the Virginia School Counselors Association. Keenly interested in community affairs, Ms. Barnes participates in charitable efforts in Little Creek Elementary’s association with a local church, bringing selfcare packages to the homeless and traveling to nursing homes to have Bible studies or worship services. They also provide Christmas packages to the needy and delivered turkey baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Ms. Barnes attributes her success to deep faith and to her family, who always motivated and pushed her. Her parents have been together for 50 years and they have always taught her the value of education and doing her best in everything she does. In 2017, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder where she ended up being hospitalized for a month. Her immediate family gave her the motivation to push through and continue her educational endeavors. Ms. Barnes takes special pride in being the first in her immediate family to complete a bachelor’s degree and later, two master’s degrees.
Setting a goal to continue working with children, whether it be in an administrative role or as a school counselor, Ms. Barnes in the coming years would like to continue working with children to try and help them become better people.
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