Kelisa Wing

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Fort Benning, Georgia

Kelisa Wing is the Department of Defense 2017 State Teacher of the Year. Kelisa Wing is an eighth-grade language arts teacher and AVID site team member for Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia. She is a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader, the 2017 Department of Defense Education Activity State Teacher of the Year, and a Flocabulary Master Certified Educator. She is also the continuous school improvement chair for her school.

She is an Army veteran, a proud graduate of the University of Maryland University College, and the University of Phoenix where she earned her educational specialist degree. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time with her family.

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Posted Feb. 22, 2018

This Black History Month Teach Your Students About African-Americans in the Military

To be a leader means you’re always prepared for the inevitable battle that is to come. Every Black History Month,…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Jan. 19, 2018

You Can Keep Your School Choice Debate. I’m Choosing the Best Option for My Child.

Growing up, I was TPS (Toledo Public Schools) proud! I have been a staunch advocate for public schools throughout my…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Nov. 20, 2017

Once You’ve Got a Seat at the Table, You Need to Have the Tough Conversations

During my time in school, I only had two Black teachers and they were both female, one in the fifth…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Oct. 16, 2017

Being an Assistant Principal Has Taught Me a Lot About Leadership

I have crossed over to the “dark side.” I am now an assistant principal. Although I transitioned from a teacher…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 31, 2017

First-Generation Immigrants Like Mari Are Called DREAMers for a Reason

Marisol, Mari for short, is a true dreamer. One of my best friends, Mari, is a first-generation immigrant to the…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Aug. 10, 2017

To All of the Educators, Love Not Money Will Close the Gap

I grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Toledo, Ohio. During my time in middle school, we did…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted May 8, 2017

Teachers of the Year Sang ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ at the White House and It Was Everything

“I want every child to be visible,” Jessica Solano, 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, told me when the State…

By Kelisa Wing

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

Here’s How You Know When You Need to Check Your Microaggressions at the Front Door

If I had money to wager, I’d bet that if you’re a female teacher, this has happened to you. You’re in a meeting and you…

By Shanna Peeples

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Posted Mar. 19, 2018

It’s Damn Near Impossible to Be a Teacher-Leader and Still Teach

A few weeks ago, I was out of the classroom. When I came back, the substitute teacher’s notes were not good. “I wish I could…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

Black Girls Need More Than Michelle Obama

There’s danger in the singular Michelle Obama Black girl role-model narrative. There has been a beautiful picture circulating of a young African-American girl looking up…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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