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Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Lou Phelps for being selected as our 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year!!Mrs. Phelps has eighteen years of experience as an 8th grade English teacher here at E. W. Wyatt Middle School. Throughout her teaching career, she has served in many diverse leadership roles. She has held the position of Lead English Teacher since August of 2007. In addition, she currently serves as the Lead History Teacher, 8th Grade Team Leader, and is a member of the WMS School Improvement Team, as well as a member of the VTSS-PBIS committee.
Those positions have afforded her the opportunity to grow as a leader within the school and district. The experience and knowledge she has gained over the years allow her to work closely with her team and the administration to provide direction in implementing goals that directly impact individual student achievement as well as focus on the improvement of overall instruction. Her passion for instruction, mentoring teachers and helping our students achieve success is evident in all that she does.
WMS Spotlight: Mrs. Sanchez, VCTM (Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics) - 2020 Educator of the Year
Last year, due to COVID-19, this banquet was canceled. But on Thursday, June 11, 2021, during a virtual ceremony, Mrs. Sanchez was recognized.
We are extremely grateful to have Mrs. Sanchez as part of our math team here at E. W. Wyatt Middle School. We congratulate her for being named the 2020 Educator of the Year by VCTM.
WMS Spotlight: Ms. Natalia Ferguson and Ms. Mercedes Mallory
Congratulations to Ms. Natalia Ferguson for passing her Elementary and Special Education Praxis Teachers Exam, and to Ms. Mercedes Mallory for passing the Elementary Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science Praxis Teachers Exam!
Great work! We are very proud of you!
WMS Spotlight: Dr. Shawn Batten and Dr. Adrian Chatman
These two educators graduated on Sunday, May 23, 2021, from Virginia State University. Congratulations!
Dr. Shawn Batten - WMS Band Teacher
"Thank you and the Wyatt Family for supporting me through this process. My dissertation topic was 'Who Dropped the Ball? An Investigation Research Study on Administrator and Teacher Roles in School-based Strategies to Address Chronic Student Absenteeism'. This information has been very informative on the operations of attendance practices in this region of Virginia. This information can be beneficial to schools now and especially once we return to in-person learning."
Dr. Adrian T. Chatman - WMS English Teacher (Grade 7)
Dr. Adrian T. Chatman has successfully completed the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia State University. Dr. Chatman’s dissertation focused on teacher perceptions of socio-economic status and its impact on a student success trajectory in rural areas. She successfully defended her dissertation on April 20, 2021, and will graduate on May 23, 2021. Dr. Chatman plans to use the knowledge she has attained from this program along with the experiences she has gained from her years as a classroom teacher and diverse leadership positions within the school to pursue the role of a senior-level school administrator.
WMS Spotlight: Mrs. Gabriel Tyler and Mrs. Teresa Lindberg
Mrs. Gabriel Tyler
Congratulations are in order for Mrs. Tyler, who recently completed all requirements for a Master's in Special Education and licensure program through Regent University. The program consisted of 43 credit hours, where Mrs. Tyler finished with a GPA of 3.79. She has taken several courses, such as the K-12 Reading Assessment and Instruction Across Content Areas, Assessing and Teaching, Reading of Narrative and Expository Text, Data-Driven Assessments, and Collaboration and Consultation. She also completed two Internships in general and special education. "The work required took a tremendous amount of time, to say the least, these courses have helped me increase my knowledge about student success, building relationships, becoming a successful teacher, and a better coworker!" Congratulations again...we are very proud of you! #PantherStrong
Mrs. Teresa Lindberg
Congratulations to Mrs. Lindberg! She was selected to serve on the advisory board for a project entitled "Initiating the rural cyberbiosecurity workforce pipeline through empowering agricultural educators and supporting middle school girls". The objective of this project is to develop a curriculum that can be used by middle school educators with middle school girls to make them aware of career opportunities in cyberbiosecurity. Congratulations Mrs. Lindberg... we are very proud of you! #PantherStrong
Congratulations to the students listed below who attended school daily and completed all coursework!
Week of March 12th
Week of March 19th
Congratulations to the winners of the Black History Essay Contest!
1st Place: Danisha Jackson
2nd Place: Sy'nari Reynolds
3rd Place: Chanelle Jackson-Hill
Tree Planting Ceremony
On Thursday, May 20, 2021, we held a tree planting memorial in honor of our GCPS workers and WMS students who lost their lives in 2020. A total of five trees were planted in remembrance of each individual:
K-Ron Surratt - 8th Grade WMS Student
Saria Squire - 6th Grade WMS Student
Ms. Valerie Seaborne - GCPS Transportation Director
Mr. Raymond Anderson, Jr. - GCPS Transportation Department
Mrs. Colleen Hunnicutt - GCPS Transportation Department
Summer Learning Toolkit
Parents, Please use these resources to encourage and enhance reading in the home!
CommonLit- Free collection of fiction and non-fiction texts, leveled and arranged by theme ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Kiddle Search Engine- student-friendly search engine for research ✗ ✗ ✗ ✓ Khan Academy- provides free online lessons in every subject ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ReadWriteThink- Free interactive literacy activities ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Project Gutenberg- Free eBooks for download ✗ ✓ ✓ ✓ International Children’s Library- Access to children's literature from around the world ✗ ✓ ✗ ✗ Gateway to the Classics- Hundreds of classic titles with special emphasis on history, literature, and natural history along with a collection of over 2500 poems ✗ ✓ ✗ ✗ LibriVox- Free, public domain books read by volunteers from around the world that can be downloaded and listened to on any device ✗ ✓ ✗ ✗ Couch Academy- VDOE curated resources from Virginia Museums ✗ ✓ ✗ ✓ Smithsonian Tween Tribune- Access to leveled non-fiction, high-interest articles (Common Sense Media approved) ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Poets.org- Access to various poems and biographical information about well-known poets (Common Sense Media approved) ✗ ✓ ✗ ✗
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