Vision: Creating Opportunities for Post-secondary Enrollment for all Youth

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Are you a high school junior or senior looking forward to college? There’s HOPE with COPE.
Find out how Minnesota COPE Program can help you make the transition from high school to college
by calling (651) 260-0039. You may also email Ms. Dorothy at:  dot4cope@aol.com


Ms. Dorothy Jean Barnes-Griswold, M.Ed.
20 Years of Experience in Non-profits
34 Years as an Elementary Teacher

Dorothy Jean Barnes is originally from Jackson, Mississippi.  She is a 1970 graduate from Jackson State University (JSU), Jackson, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  She taught one year in Prentiss, Mississippi (fall 1970); and fall 1971, she obtained employment with Saint Paul Public Schools District #625 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Dorothy Jean completed her master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) in 1980.  After 33 years of teaching for Saint Paul Public Schools and private institutions (grades K-8), she retired in 2004.  Currently, Ms. Dorothy is the CEO/Executive Director for Minnesota COPE Program, giving back 75% to 80% of her salary to the organization.

While employed with the Saint Paul Public Schools, Ms. Dorothy’s career was busy and exciting.  She supervised and trained teacher aides, and other teachers in the district to use the Elementary Science Studies (ESS) in the classroom.  She also taught English as a second language, and for 18 years, she supervised and coordinated the Title 1 / Chapter 1 Program in the District.

On July 15, 2017, Ms. Dorothy received an award for Excellence in Education from Planting People Growing Justice (Saint Paul, Minnesota); and she was recognized and received a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching – National Teacher Day, while working at Benjamin E. Mays (the New Rondo Center in Saint Paul Schools) on May 3, 1994.  Due to her outstanding participation with Upsilon Epsilon Chapter at JSU, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Ms. Dorothy received a beautiful Award/Plaque on November 17, 2002.

Some of the highlights of community service projects included: Co-founder, Chair of the first Diversity Program at Saint Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights, Minnesota), where her son Calvin-Allen went to school; Founder, implementing and coordinating the first work-study program at Benjamin E. Mays, Ronda Educational Center (Saint Paul, Schools) for 7th and 8th graders; and teaching Human Relations for the White Bear Lake School District.  Additionally, Ms. Dorothy completed the community corrections orientation and training program where she volunteered for many years for the Ramsey County Community Correction Center/Department; for several years she taught for the City of Saint Paul 20-10-10 Parent Network Organization; and she was the Founder – Supervisor and teacher for after school Baton Twirling and Dance Program at Parkway Elementary School (Saint Paul Public Schools).  

Presently, Ms. Dorothy is busy raising funds for Minnesota COPE Program to support scholars attending high school in Minnesota, college students, and students attending JSU.  She has also written grants for three other non-profits organizations, Delores Works, the National Empowerment Group, Inc., and Planting People Growing Justice located in Minnesota.

Post Office Box 211124

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55121-0024

Mobile Phone:  651-260-0039

Email Us: dot4cope@aol.com

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Post Office Box 211124
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55121-0024