When Winton Woods Primary South Teacher Emily Perkins was asked to identify one student in her class who goes above and beyond, it did not take her long to think of Jalai’yah Miles. A kindergartner that comes from a long line of Warriors who Perkins has had the pleasure of working with.
“Jalai’yah shows respect to her peers by understanding, empathizing, and celebrating their achievements,” said Perkins. “She is humble in that she does not focus on her successes, instead, she always strives to help others reach their fullest potential both academically and socially. Jalai’yah is able to fulfill her own responsibilities in school while being a cheerleader for her classmates. She provides support for students who need extra help and are struggling academically by modeling, repeating directions, and giving a helping hand. Jalai’yah is a friend to all.”
Ms. Perkins says Jalai’yah teaches her everyday. “We must be quick to listen, slow to speak, and loving in our approach with others to help them be successful. I am a better teacher for following in Jalai’yah’s footsteps. All these beautiful qualities are what make Jalai’yah have the heart of a warrior and deserving of this award.” Miles was honored at October’s board meeting with the Kiwanis Character is Key award for respect.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Shown l-r) Jalai’yah Miles with flowers from her kindergarten teacher Emily Perkins (shown right) at Winton Woods City Schools October board meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.