Dedicating more than 40 years of her life as a teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools System, Mrs. Barnes experienced numerous years with award winning recognition as Teacher of the Year. Designated as one of the teachers to pilot the first middle school in Atlanta, Sammye E. Coan Middle, Mrs. Barnes has impacted hundreds of students, particularly in the area of mathematics. Upon retirement, no matter where she would travel in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, Martha would often be stopped by a former student, expressing love and appreciation for having experienced one of the best math teachers in their academic matriculation.
Mrs. Barnes passed away peacefully on the morning of February 14, 2018. The Martha Wright Barnes Scholarship Foundation is being established to continue the legacy of a charismatic, courageous, civic leader who spent a lifetime, fiercely preserving and protecting the value of receiving a quality education. It is the desire of the foundation to present 3 annual academic scholarships to a high school student who demonstrates financial need, produces stellar character references, possesses traits of servant leadership, and wishes to attend Martha’s alma mater, Clark Atlanta University. Please honor the legacy of a phenomenal educator by donating to the Martha Wright Barnes Scholarship Foundation.
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