Educator returning home with innovative program

Donna Grant brings Red Bear to her community after retirement

Gigi Tinsley | 8/14/2014, 9 a.m.

Donna Grant was born in Tampa and came to Miami with her parents when she was 3 years old. A graduate of Overtown’s historic Booker T. Washington Senior High School in 1966, Grant obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1970.

“I knew as a teenager that I wanted to be fully prepared to be the best I could be in the field of education. I went on to earn a Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Union Institute & University in 1998.”

Grant did stop at being an educator in the public schools system. She understood that some students needed special attention and needed help to grasp the class curriculum.


Donna Grant

She opened the Grant Learning Center, Inc. in Miami from 1998 until 2006. That year, she left Miami and moved to New Orleans to work at Southern University.

That same year, while still employed at Southern, she established the Grant Learning Center in New Orleans.


Now, Grant is getting ready to return home.

“I have invented a board game, a children's CD, several children’s items, and the adult size character, Grant Red Bear (GRB),” Grant said.

“Currently I am employed full time as Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services at Southern University at New Orleans. In this position I am responsible for registration, admissions, housing, intramural sports, health services, student activities and organizations, Veterans Affairs, career services, Students with Disabilities, Student Development Center and the University Center. After working at Southern for eight years, I am retiring in September and returning home to Miami to work full time in my business, Donna Grant Enterprises, Inc.”

GRB is an adult-size character in a red bear costume. He sings, dances, reads stories and poems to children and plays various games with them. He is ready to make appearances at schools, churches, birthday parties, libraries, parks, conferences and any other venue.


Grant is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Worldwide Free &Accepted Modern Masons and Order of Eastern Stars and numerous other civic organizations including the NAACP, P.U.L.S.E. and Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. Additionally she is a member of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church.

She has authored several books: Grant the Red Bear and Phonics Made Simple (PMS), Helping Your Children with Math Homework, and Savannah published in 2011.

Grant has received numerous accolades and awards, including The Thurgood Marshall’s national award for Outstanding Leadership in Enrollment Services (New Orleans), March 2009; Grant has one son, Christopher Grant, 37 and has a grandson and three granddaughters.