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2014-15 Teacher of The Year
   
   

Kia Watts is the oldest sibling to four beautiful ladies, De’Andra Butler, Ashley Thomas, Brandi Thomas-Griffin, and Alexis Thomas. She is a native of Camilla, Ga, where she was educated in the Mitchell County School System. She is a 2004 graduate of Mitchell-Baker High School. Kia has been teaching for 4 years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Albany State University. She is currently pursuing a Specialist Degree from the University of West Georgia.  She currently holds the position of grade-chair for first grade. She has severed as grade-chair for 2 years. Kia has had several trainings such as, Teacher Keys Evaluative System (TKES), the Professional Platform for Educators (PD360) Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS), Cross-Career Learning Community (CCLC), English Language Learners (ELL), Student Learning Objectives (SLO), ELA/Literacy Summer Academy, assessment writing team, and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Kia feels that children are like clay in a potter's hands. Just as a potter gives a desired shape to the clay in his hands, so do teachers when it comes to children. Educators help shape children to become great individuals in the world. Kia also believes that education professionals should help children reach their full potential in everyday life because we hold their future in our hands and for this educators must be like the Ford Company says.  Teachers must be “Built Ford-Tough”.

                                                               

2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
 

Mrs. Williams has taught Spanish, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies for the past 12 years and at SMCES for the past 7 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Albany State University and Master’s degree from Troy University Alabama. Mrs. Williams strives to teach new concepts in a variety of ways so that all students, depending on their individual needs, can reach their full potential. She has assisted with many programs, including Black History Month and Atlanta’s First Down for Fitness program. She was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons as their 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year for the First Down program. She also established the Keeping Obesity Out of Life’s Loop (K.O.O.L.L.) program with students at SMCES. Mrs. Williams has received extensive professional development in the areas of mathematics, Differentiated Instruction, RTI for ELL’s, and assessment writing. Mrs. Williams is very involved in her community and is an active member of Ebenezer Christian Center, where she serves as a youth leader, classroom teacher, choir member, and praise team member. She also serves as the Performing Arts Director and is in the process of working on a children’s book series. Mrs. Williams believes that students should know “the instruction they are receiving will enable them to better every aspect of their lives and give them an opportunity for a successful future.”