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Gafford Named Oct. Holmes Scholar of the Month


Congratulations to October Holmes Scholar of the Month Cara Gafford!

Gafford is a 4th-year doctoral student at Bowie State University (MD). She is also academy director (vice principal) of the Academy of Information Technology at Friendship Collegiate Academy, a college preparatory high school in Washington, DC.

Her research interests include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and student achievement in STEM learning at high-poverty schools.

As an academy director, Gafford oversees all STEM curriculum, staffing, extended learning programs, and partnerships for the academy. She works within her school and her district to assist teachers with effectively incorporating STEM learning across content areas. She has served as a math subject area supervisor, testing coordinator, lead teacher, and math teacher for Friendship Collegiate Academy and Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC.

Gafford’s dissertation topic is “African American Males and the Pathways to STEM.”

To nominate a Holmes Scholar of the Month, follow the directions at this link and send the nomination to Terrance McNeil at terrance.mcneil@famu.edu.

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Carlos Richardson

Holmes Scholar, Bowie State University