Three Dougherty County teachers are recognized for their work in the classroom with a special award.
Superintendent Dr. David Mosely surprised the educators with Winner in the Classroom GAMEBALL awards Tuesday.
Sequoias Walker, an 8th grade math teacher and department chair at Robert Cross Middle Magnet School, was the first one to receive a GAMEBALL. "It's very important that I was was singled out among 1,500 other teachers, because it lets me know that my hard work is appreciated," said Walker.
Katesa Walker, who teaches at International Studies Elementary Charter School, and Rita Correia, a physical science teacher at Dougherty Comprehensive High School, also received awards.
Dr. Mosely created the GAMEBALL award last year to honor teachers whose students excel in the classroom and on state tests.
News Release from DCSS:
Dr. David Mosely presented the excellent teachers with Winner In The Classroom GAMEBALL Awards today. The GAMEBALL award was created last school year to honor teachers with the highest levels of student performance as measured on standardized test and other quantifiable evidence that demonstrates their ability to help students grow, academically, for the year. The name for the award came from Dr. Mosely's coaching days when a basketball player would sometimes “leave it all on the court” to help lead the team to an important win, the coach would award that standout player a GAMEBALL for exceeding expectations.
Katesa Walker has taught at International Studies Elementary Charter School for more than six years and has served as grade chair for five. Last year, with results similar to previous years, Ms. Walker's student performance on Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) resulted in 100 percent pass rates in English/language arts, reading, math, science and social studies. Seventy-two percent of her students scored in the “exceeds” range for math. She has worked in the summer with system curriculum specialists to improve Dougherty County's math and reading curriculum. She was invited to Atlanta this fall to review third grade math items for the new state assessment, “Georgia Milestones.” She has represented her school as Teacher of the Year and as a district finalist for that honor. She possesses an Education Specialist degree and is gifted endorsed.
Sequoias Walker, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher and department chair from Robert Cross Middle Magnet School, is the first middle school Winner In The Classroom for 2014-15. Ninety-eight percent of her math students exceeded the standard on the math CRCT last year and the remaining two percent met the standard. Here colleagues and principal said that Ms. Walker does more than teach, she inspires students to want to learn. For the last two years' test cycles, student performance improved from 98 percent to 100 percent passing the standards.
Rita Correia is considered a giant by her colleagues. To extend the basketball metaphor, she is ten-feet-tall. But, her quiet demeanor doesn't reveal her classroom spirit and expectations. Her high school physical science students excel in the classroom and on state tests. Last year, 92 percent of her students passed the end-of-course test for science with 68 percent exceeding standards. She quietly accepts any challenge, weathers any storm and personifies Dougherty Comprehensive High School's motto: All In.