The last few years have been tough for everyone, but among the groups who’ve had it the toughest are teachers.

A growing number of educators are overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid and their discontent is visible in the labor force. They’ve been forced to drastically pivot their classroom structure to accommodate shelter-in-place mandates, but the administrative expectations have held steady. For example, a survey of U.S. public sector workers released in October found that K-12 and some professors were the most likely to report higher levels of anxiety, stress and burnout due to stringent goals set by their superiors. 

But, as staff shortages deepen across the country and workload increases, some educators are holding steady to provide their students with great educations, even in the midst of terse racial and political battles as Black women in academia

Teachers have always been superheroes, but they especially deserve their flowers at this time. Here are four Black women educators that are worth celebrating. 

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