Reported by Liku Zelleke
An Atlanta teacher has found herself at the center of the global media’s attention after a picture of her earned her the label “sexiest teacher alive” and then went viral. But then things started to go awry for Patrice “Tricey” Brown after some people who had seen her Instagram pictures started questioning whether her attire was appropriate for the elementary school classes she teaches in.
Brown is a graduate from Alabama State University (Class of 2012) and teaches the fourth grade in Atlanta. Her Instagram account has pictures of her in a number of poses that were taken in various locations and against different backgrounds as well as in what is presumed to be one of her classes. In these particular pictures, Brown is seen dressed in various figure-hugging dresses and high heels and it is these same ones that have divided her followers and fans.
As soon as she shared the pictures on Instagram, all popular social media platforms were on fire with comments ranging from those who were obviously smitten by the young teacher – one of whom said, “I would flunk, on purpose, just so I could take your class again” – to those who followed right on their heels and thought she needed to change her outfits whenever she stepped in the classroom.
“That teacher looks good af but her attire is just inappropriate to be teaching a 4th grade glass. Little boys are pervs by like 2nd grade,” wrote one, while another said, “Thank God my teachers did not look like this coming up or I would not have learned anything!”
Almost instantly people were rushing to defend her reminding everyone that the way she was dressing wasn’t affecting her work as Brown had been chosen as “Educator of the Month” by her school.
As for Brown herself, what did she have to say about it all? In an interview, she said, “I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters – which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them.”