Founder and President Canaa Lee Reveals the New Face of the EDUKATE Academy

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Lee only impacts 150 students a year. The EDUKATE Academy gives her the opportunity to touch the lives so many more students, parents and educators. Follow the EDUKATE Academy on twitter @CanaaLee and @EDUKATE Academy; Facebook:; visit her Time to Teach website:

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Canaa Lee changes the world of education, one classroom at a time through publishing books, presenting classroom management strategies, and orchestrating mathematics enrichment programs for African American students.

Canaa Lee has worked diligently in her efforts to impact the world of education; her work has been attracting well-deserved attention. Lee has been selected as the 2012-2013 National Association of Professional Women Woman of the Year. In addition, she was unanimously selected as the 2011 Educator of the Year by the Garland NAACP.

Canaa Lee is the author of the book, “Algebra for the Urban Student.” She has been working on this for several years now and have taken her algebra training and strategies and put them to an easy to read book. Lee has incorporated reading, math and technology all into one! It is great resource for algebra 1 and 2 students. In addition, it is reader friendly so students are more likely to understand and to complete their homework because of the built in “navigation system” Lee has provided students.

In 2012, Lee became an associate Time to Teach Trainer/Presenter. She has presented at the Innovative Leadership Conference in Memphis, TN; High School That Work Conference in New Orleans; Arkansas Association of Alternative Education in Hot Springs, AR; Conference for the Advancement of Mathematic Teaching in Houston, TX; Mid-South Teachers Teaching with Technology Regional Conference in Marion, AR. In October, Lee presents at the Kindergarten Teachers of Texas Conference in Austin, TX; In November, she presents at the Gifted and Talented Conference in Dallas, TX.

Teachers wait in line to attend Lee’s sessions. She has presented to at least 600 educators. Lee surveys each group and at least 80% of the educators agree to the following:

  •     Could use 60-90 more minutes of instructional time in your class each day without extending school year
  •     love teaching but find their instructional time disappearing
  •     spend too much time identifying and dealing with low level behaviors
  •     Would like to add 5-9 hours of instructional time to their week

In her classroom management conference presentations, Lee demonstrates how to utilize common sense, research based classroom management tips and techniques that can be implemented into their classroom tomorrow with positive and observable results. Teachers learn how to diffuse discipline problems before they become an instructional disruption in your classroom. They discover how a simple teaching technique can “refocus” the energies of a trouble student, integrating them back into the classroom so instruction can continue.

In 2010, Lee orchestrated the establishment of Project E.D.G.E. (Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially). In order to provide the African American students with the best possible learning experience, Canaa Lee partnered with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – Garland Branch partnered with Garland Independent School District (GISD), the City of Garland, Lakeview Centennial and South Garland High School to launch this program: The purpose of this program is to address the needs of African American students, to help them succeed academically and to provide African American students with an opportunity for a promising, prosperous future quality of life in venues other than sports and entertainment.

Every child deserves the opportunity to excel in school, but the way in which go about accomplishing this goal is not a “one size fit all” method. Lee designed Project E.D.G.E. to:
•Establish a transition program for incoming freshmen.
•Build stronger partnerships among students, teachers, parents and the community.
•Utilize the mass media to communicate the successes of African American students.
•Educate students about the importance of making good decisions and good grades.
•Inform students about various opportunities that are available to them
•Place the same value on academic achievement as that of sports
•Create a school environment in which students are highly-motivated and excited to participate.

Lee’s goal is to improve students’ experience and even enjoyment of high school level mathematics courses. Lee also recognizes that a child's education and performance in school is a responsibility shared by the school, family and community at-large. Through this partnership, the school district endeavors to meet the diverse cultural needs of parents and children.

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