Susan Arauz Barnes

 Susan Arauz Barnes is a master middle school teacher and teacher trainer at Ron Clark Academy, a highly-acclaimed, nonprofit middle school located in Atlanta, Georgia. Since the start of her career in East New York, Brooklyn, she has been focused on teaching language arts and cultural arts to empower young people to take pride in their heritage and lived experience. Her passion for teaching young people the power in their story is inspired by her experiences as a first generation Latinx of Garifuna lineage. She describes herself as a “proud descendant of culturally responsive teachers” — her family!