“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This is the mantra of Sinnea Douglas one of seven teachers in the Quitman County School District that is part of Reclaimed Project. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Douglass has spent the last four years investing in the lives of students in the Mississippi Delta.
Douglas explains. “What I love most about teaching is being able to create dynamic lessons for my students. I enjoy opening their eyes to new concepts and watching the wheels turn as they begin to make sense of new ideas.” This has shaped her teaching style, and is reflected in her desire to involve her students by creating a hands-on learning environment.
Sinnea originally came to the Delta with Teach for America and spent two years teaching in Clarksdale prior to moving to Marks. Now, she teaches English at Madison Palmer High School and lives in The Village Apartments provided by Reclaimed Project. Upon being hired at Madison Palmer High School, Douglass became intrigued when told about the work Reclaimed Project was doing in Marks. She researched the ministry which led to her joining Reclaimed Project’s team of teachers in 2017. Since then, Douglass has become a vital member of the community and teaching staff at Madison S. Palmer High School.
Sinnea is passionate about her students, both present and past. “One of my greatest joys in teaching is getting to reconnect with past students. During my first year teaching, I taught 12th grade. Those students are now juniors in college. I love to hear about how the things I taught them in high school have benefited them in college. One student told me that the work she did in my class helped prepare her for college level thinking and writing.”
Sinnea not only has a passion for her students, but also a passion for the Mississippi Delta and believes God has great things in store for her life, the lives of her students and the communities of Quitman County. The Reclaimed Project and Marks is blessed to have her.