2016 Legacy Educator Award

News on behalf of Dr. DeRhonda McWaine, department chair of college prep

Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

American Education Week

Legacy Educator Award

Dr. Carla Garrett, who is a fourth generation educator and college prep writing professor at San Jacinto  College, recently received the 2016 Legacy Educator Award from the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority.

The awards program took place on Nov. 19, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Garrett was recognized for her diverse skill set and her contributions to society. With a background in educational leadership, business and language arts, she has spearheaded several programs that have enhanced the lives of learners of all ages. Some of her contributions include aiding in the creation of a GED program for homeless women in East Texas, and partnering with the University of Memphis to initiate the integrated reading, writing and technology programs in Tennessee middle schools through the Race for the Top initiative.

In 1921, the National Education Association (NEA) called for the designation of one week each year to spotlight education. During the month of November, in observance of American Education Week, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority honors a distinguished legacy educator who has made outstanding contributions in the fields of education and business. The sorority honors legacies because of their generational commitment to helping others realize their dreams.

Founded in 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, this distinction was first celebrated nationally by the sorority in 1947. The founding of the sorority was important for African American women because after World War I there was the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the South to the Northern cities in search of opportunities and a more tolerant society. With this migration, changes underscored the need to learn new skills within a new economic environment. These skills, in turn, would hopefully ensure a better way of life for millions of African Americans who migrated northward.


Carla Garrett

The awards program took place on November 19, 2016 in Houston, Texas, where Dr. Garrett received the 2016 Legacy Educator Award.