UMUC Graduate Is Named DoDEA 2017 Teacher of the Year

Kelisa Wing ’08, Bachelor of Arts in English, is the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year―a program that recognizes and honors exemplary teachers grades Pre-K through 12.

Wing teaches English Language Arts to eighth-grade students, all military dependents, at the DOD funded Faith Middle School at Ft. Benning Army Installation, Georgia.

As a veteran and a military spouse, she not only understands the special challenges her students face every day. Wing also is skilled at helping them cope with their ever-changing life circuDoDEA Teacher of Year 2017_kelisa_wing_largemstances, such as a parent’s long-term or repeated deployment, frequent moves, and separation from extended family and friends―while making sure they succeed academically, too.

Dr. Linda Curtis, principal deputy director and associate director for education at DoDEA commented that Wing’s educational philosophy, which is grounded in the belief that students who value themselves ultimately value education, is critical to her success in the classroom.

“She involves students, parents and her peers in her lessons to connect with students on their level, incorporate [students’] personalities and experiences in their writing, and use the skills [students] develop in her class to build on and connect with other classes they take. DoDEA is extremely fortunate to have her in the classroom,” Curtis said.

Wing, who earned her Master in Secondary Education degree from University of Phoenix, said she cherishes her experience at University of Maryland University College (UMUC.)

“The courses I took [on-site] and online at UMUC were very impactful on my success in the classroom today,” Wing said.

“I distinctly remember one professor in particular from the Europe campus, Dr. Andrew Sola, who never accepted anything less than the best from me. The structure, discipline, and attention to detail that he provided me are values that I pass along to my students every day. I am grateful for UMUC and the outstanding teaching and learning that I received as a result of my time [there].”

As part of the 2017 DoDEA Teacher of the Year recognition, Wing will be entered into the National Teacher of the Year application pool and she will be recognized by the President at a future White House event. She will also attend the National Teacher of the Year Conference in Arizona and participate in Teacher of the Year events sponsored by Council of Chief of State School Officers (CCSSO).

 

 

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  1. Hello,

    The ideal alumni student will possess the ability to follow this selection process held for military professionals. The appropriate individual is familiar with bases like Fort Campbell and Command Group sponsors in liaison to NDSP. They function in headquarters for staff giving activities to elementary and secondary school age children. There are three MID-Atlantic and four Southeast state Districts in remote locations that have a selection out of the six military branches . In New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama North and South Carolina’s faculty are assigned 190 days combined for content with resources in a classroom. The curriculum includes English, Fine Arts, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education and Science with allowances for eligible students. The parents assist with development in the United States and overseas making recruitment an option to be completed prior to graduation. The guidance office and counselors make arrangements during this crucial time helping those college-bound future leaders. Then the finalists are announced with Council of Chief State School Officers and they meet the past winners. Their duty incorporates adequate processes with support of superintendents practicing discipline in a safe environment.

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    LaKeisha Lynetta Hagler

    On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM, UMUC Global Media Center wrote:

    > UMUC posted: “Kelisa Wing ’08, Bachelor of Arts in English, is the > Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year―a > program that recognizes and honors exemplary teachers grades Pre-K through > 12. Wing teaches English Language Arts to eighth-grad” >

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