Evelyn Jenkins Gunn is an English teacher at Pelham
Memorial High School in Pelham, New York, an affluent,
mostly-white suburb of New York City. Evelyn is an
African-American who was born into poverty in Alabama to a
family that stressed a love of learning. Evelyn is an
award-winning, National Board-Certified teacher and a Carnegie
As a consultant and workshop leader, Evelyn Jenkins Gunn
has made presentations to the New York English Council, The
New York State Reading Council, Southern Westchester
School Superintendents and teacher centers at Bronxville,
Eastchester, Pelham and Tuckahoe (BEPT) and New Rochelle.
She describes her presentations as a journeya journey of
African American slave narratives and biographies, African
American novels and tales, poetry, slave songs and gospels.
As one of the nine children of James and Geneva Jenkins, she
seeks to honor them and her ancestors everyday, but
especially as a workshop leader and storyteller.
Evelyn understands the qualities of a good teacher and how
important teachers are to the lives of the children that they
teach. She agrees with the National Board for Professional
Teaching Standards that Good teachers literally save lives;
however, they do it by loving students, helping them imagine
the future and insisting that they meet high expectations and