The quote “see a need, fill a need” is about taking action when a requirement is unmet. Winton Woods High School (WWHS) teacher Kimaya Pope was selected as Winton Woods Skyline Teacher of the Month because she embodies it. In 2015, when Pope began working at the high school as an English teacher with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, Principal Eric Martin saw how beneficial her skills would be for the growing English Language Learners (ELL) community. “Over the last few years, Kimaya has immersed herself in researching ELL instruction and newcomer education at schools all over the nation. She has also helped to organize visits to schools with English Language Immersion, as Winton Woods worked to develop a program for some of our learners,” said Martin.
“Kimaya saw a need and worked with school leadership to create a plan to meet the needs of students,” said Martin. “We have seen gains in academic and social skills of our ELL students through improved programming under Kimaya’s leadership at Winton Woods High School.” For this reason, Kimaya Pope was selected as Winton Woods High School Teacher of the Month for September.
To be nominated for the Skyline Teacher of the Month, teachers must demonstrate:
Excellence in the Classroom by using instructional practices that support higher academic achievement.
Motivation by encouraging and motivating students to surpass their expectations both academically and socially.
Leadership by having a positive attitude with students, parents, colleagues and the community.
Creativity and Imagination by demonstrating creativity in teaching in a way that inspires students to learn.
Dedication by showing excellent attendance, punctuality and overall dependability.
Communication by communicating effectively to their students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and stakeholders.
The Skyline Teacher of the Month Award is sponsored by the Forest Park Skyline Chili Restaurant, a business partner of Winton Woods City Schools. Teachers honored receive a Skyline gift card.
PHOTO CAPTION: Shown l-r is board member Jeff Berte and Winton Woods City Schools September Skyline Teacher of the Month Kimaya Pope and at the September board of education meeting. Photo by Drew Jackson.