Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy


Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Dr. Thomasina Hassler


Dr. Robert Good

Dr. Carl Hoagland

Dr. Keith Miller


For years, Black teachers lived and worked in the communities that they served. I was one of those teachers who lived and worked in my community, but I noticed that there were not many of us. As a Black woman, mother and teacher, I was fully aware of the numbers of Black teachers declining. I wanted to know why.

In this study, I utilized my experience as a Black student, a Black teacher, and a Black administrator to reflect my feelings. I used Critical Race Theory as the theoretical lens on my stories using autoethnography as the research method. I grew up in the city, and I attended the public schools. I had a lot of teachers and most of them were Black. Of the Black teachers that taught me, I focused on the ones who left a positive imprint on me and some who were non Black left a negative imprint.