She is the only African American in the country to receive the national honor.
The Oxford native graduated from TC with a bachelor’s degree in biology, then went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary biology education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
She teaches in the Birmingham City School System and earned the distinction, which is awarded annually to 23 educators across the country, for her ability to prepare students for high and qualifying scores in biology on the Advanced Placement exam.
“Before I met some of my students, it had been determined that many of them had little to no AP scoring potential based on test scores and the fact that several of them had not performed to their full potential in other subjects,” Forbes said.
“Regardless of these challenges, I believe every student, when given an opportunity, encouragement and quality teaching, can succeed academically.”
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