LaQuisha Hall, English language arts teacher at Carver Vocational Technical High School has been named Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS), Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year. She is the first African American to be honored in five years in a system where more than 80 percent of the students are Black. Ketia Stokes, a special education teacher at Green Street Academy, was the last African American teacher named teacher of the year in 2013.
The teacher and life coach has spent her career in BCPS creating inclusive and motivating ways to share the fundamentals of writing as well as the fundamentals of life with students at Carver, as well as her former students at Rosemont Elementary/Middle School, Forest Park High School, and Booker T. Washington Middle School, all in West Baltimore.
For many, Hall is an example of perseverance and a reminder that painful chapters in life can be transformed for a greater purpose.