Hampton City Schools selects teacher of the year finalists
Hampton City Schools named (L-R) Kaylee Correll from Langley Elementary School, Reginald Crawford from Lindsay Middle School, and Diamond Gee from Bethel High School as the teachers of the year for elementary, middle and high school respectively. The announcement was made during a banquet held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. The division-wide winner will be revealed during the Hampton School Board meeting on May 3.
Candidates for Teacher of the Year are considered based on the following criteria: concern for each student; ability to inspire learning in all students of all backgrounds and abilities; ability and willingness to devote time and energy to activities that result in improved instruction for children; ability to work effectively with the community; desire to keep abreast of current educational theories and practices; ability and willingness to make contributions to the field of education; ability to create and implement innovative educational practices; and respected and admired by students, parents and colleagues.
Correll graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2010. She taught in Houston, Texas as a second grade teacher and later that year she taught a kindergarten/first grade combination in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2012, she started in HCS as a third grade teacher. She received her master’s in literacy from William and Mary in 2015. Correll said, “I enjoy every moment of working with my fellow teachers and my students.”
Crawford is from Latta, South Carolina and teaches eighth grade science at Lindsay Middle School. He graduated from Hampton University in 2002. Before coming to Hampton City Schools he taught in North Carolina as well as the Eastern Shores of Virginia. From 2008-2012, he taught science at Syms Middle School before finally landing at Lindsay.
He said, “ Something I do today will have a positive impact on the life of at least one child. We live in turbulent times and everyone is taking a stand one way or another on some issue. Some people talk about change, some individual’s get out there and march and protest. When people ask me ‘Mr. Crawford what will you do to help improve our community?’ I simply say, ‘I JUST TEACH.”’
Gee started her teaching career in 2012 in Sangermena Academy in San German, Puerto Rico as a science teacher, teaching in English to native Spanish-speakers. In 2014, she moved to Virginia and started teaching at Hampton High School as a Spanish teacher. Later she transferred to Bethel High School, where she currently teaches Spanish. She also holds the position of PBIS coordinator, creating initiatives that promote a positive school climate. Gee said, “I want to be the teacher that impacts each of my students from the moment they walk through the door and be the teacher they remember for the rest of their lives.”
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