Ms. Latisha King named finalist for Science Educator of the Year

Ms. Latisha King named finalist for Science Educator of the Year
Posted on 11/01/2018
Early on in Latisha King’s teaching career, she was in the middle of a lesson, teaching science as always, when a student interrupted to say, “So what! Why do I have to learn this?”

It’s a line, or outburst, she’s heard from time to time over the years, and although she didn’t realize it at first, it taught her something – it taught her that she must always make it a point to connect her lessons with the real world. “So now, each year I begin or end my lessons with ‘So What,’” King said. “I show how everything around us is connected.”

King wrote about that story in her nomination letter for the Tennessee Science Teachers Association 5-8 Educator of the Year Award. She was recently named a finalist for the award – one of only 16 teachers statewide to receive the honor.

“Latisha King is a great example of the fantastic teachers we have in Tennessee and the dedication and care they exhibit in the profession,” said Kelly Moore, TSTA Awards Chairperson.

King has presented on several topics across the state, ranging from science education and STEM to developing engaging lessons and assessments. She also developed STEM curriculum for the Jackson-Madison County Boys and Girls Club and has helped Arlington Community Schools update and revise its science curriculum.

“Her knowledge of the content, coupled with being student-centered, shows why she’s a great leader,” said Dr. Allison Clark, AMS principal. “She studies the content so well that’s she able to share that knowledge with other colleagues and students. She does that on her own without being told. Without question, she is deserving of being a finalist for this award.”

ACS congratulates Ms. King for her hard work and dedication to the students!