By: Lanetra Bennett
January 21, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Gadsden County School Superintendent, Reginald James, stepped out of an RV with a load of other school officials so that they could all give the good news together.
The group surprised Kameelah Weeks at Havana Middle School Tuesday afternoon to let her know she's chosen as the district's Teacher of the Year.
When told she was described as amazing, Weeks blushed and said, "I didn't realize that would be the description. But, I'm honored."
Weeks is a reading coach. She's been teaching for nine years, and is in her first year at Havana Middle.
She says, "I feels like it's what I've been called to do. As a reading coach, I get the best of both worlds. I still get to interact with the ids and teach the kids. But, I also get to share some of the things that I've learned in my different experiences with teachers as well."
Weeks has been her school's "Teacher of the Year" four times (three times in Gretna, and this year at HMS.) This is her second time being a top five finalist for the district award.
The principal at Havana Middle School, Delshuana Jackson, says, "She's dedicated. She's committed. She goes over and beyond. She's here with me late at night. She's here with me early in the mornings on the weekend. She's awesome."
Eighth grade student Isaiah Larksins says, "She's always very helpful and help students out. She helps us achieve our goals and we're going to pass the FCAT with her help."
Superintendent James gave a final pat on the back to Weeks and says, "So proud of you. Absolutely."
Weeks is now in the running for Florida's statewide "Teacher of the Year" award. The statewide award will be announced in July.
Gadsden County plans to announce the district's "Rookie Teacher of the Year" and the "School Related Employee of the Year" Tuesday.