LaShonda Levy, an English instructor on the Goodman Campus, was selected as the 2021-22 Holmes Community College Humanities Teacher of the Year. She will deliver her scholarly presentation, “Beauty and Poise: African American Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in McMorrough Library on the Goodman Campus. The lecture is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Levy’s presentation will explore how, despite the challenges of being African American and female during the Jim Crow era, the women authors of the Harlem Renaissance still managed to write beautiful pieces of literature that are still relevant and culturally important presently.
“This is a program conducted by the Mississippi Humanities Council, and we are honored to present this award to Lashonda,” said Dr. Jenny B. Jones, vice president for academic programs. “I would encourage everyone to make plans to attend Levy’s presentation on the Goodman Campus. These presentations have been nothing less than outstanding in the past, and I know Lashonda will present a program that further enlightens and educates us on the humanities.”
Levy is in her ninth year as a full-time instructor at Holmes, where she teaches English and serves as an academic advisor for elementary education and childcare technology. She teaches English Composition I and II, African American Literature I and II, Orientation and Intermediate English. Levy has worked in higher education since 2002, previously holding positions at Jackson State University and Strayer University.
Levy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from Jackson State University. As a graduate student, she was inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society. Professionally, she is a member of Two-Year College English Association of Mississippi (TYCAM), Two Year College English Association for the Southeastern Region (TYCA-SE) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She also serves as the TYCA Liaison for Holmes with TYCAM.
A native of Carthage, Levy has a son, Erik, and enjoys reading and watching sports in her spare time. She is also a member of Word and Worship Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Levy and the other Humanities Teacher of the Year recipients will be recognized for this honor at the Council’s annual spring Humanities Gala that will be held in Jackson.
IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is LaShonda Levy, an English instructor on the Holmes Community College Goodman Campus, who has been named the 2021-22 Humanities Teacher of the Year. She will present her lecture, “Beauty and Poise: African American Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance,” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in McMorrough on the Goodman Campus.