Climate and Culture

"Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image”

                              Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


School Support Program Assistants

Joseph Brown

Earl Branch

Associate Educator - Cultural Mediator

Latandria Pulphus-Jones


Social Emotional Learning Coach, Teacher on Special Assignment
Gatha "Tara" Howard

Ms. Tara is a familiar face at Anwatin, but she’s taken on a new role this year as a Social Emotional Learning teacher. She has helped put together a process for empowering our Anwatin scholars be purposeful with their time and arrive to class on-time, ready to learn.

From Ms. Tara:
In the coming weeks, students that are habitually late will be participating in mandatory learning sessions on Self-Management and Self-Awareness. As students are explicitly taught and begin to utilize these SEL skills as they relate to timeliness, we believe they will be more prompt and on-time to class. We will continue to collect data—both qualitative and qualitative—to help guide us in our work of supporting students with the very essential skill (and U.S. cultural norm) of “being on-time”.

About Me:
I taught seven years of high school language arts and reading literacy in a small school district in Minneapolis prior to teaching in Minneapolis Public Schools. I graduated from Augsburg University of Minneapolis with a degree in Communication/English Secondary Education. From there, I went on to earn my reading specialists endorsement in 2012 from Augsburg University. In 2015, I earned a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum Instruction from the University of Concordia in Portland, Oregon.

In July 2016, I joined Minneapolis Public Schools. I started out at Anwatin as a six grade English and reading teacher in the 2016-2017 school year. Currently, I teach social emotional learning where I work with grades six, seven, and eight. In this position, I work very closely with teachers, administration, behavior deans, parents and students to be sure student needs are met and to be sure students are having opportunities to excel academically. My personal motto is, “Respect Self, Respect Others, Respect Property!”