Bakari Ali Haynes serves as assistant principal at Eastern Middle School in the Montgomery County Public School System in Maryland. During his 13-year career in education, Haynes taught English for six years to ninth and 10th graders at John F. Kennedy High School and served as an assistant principal for eight years. In 2006, he created, co-chaired and implemented Distinguished Gentlemen, an after school program that has served more than 120 at-risk male students.
He was featured in "A Black Man Works Magic in Classroom" in 2004 and recognized for his accomplishments in "Needed: More Black Men in Schools" in 2013. Both articles appeared in The Washington Post. Haynes graduated from Southern University A&M College with a bachelor's degree in English and received his master's degree in teaching from Trinity University.