To Whom It May Concern:
The Teacher of the Year should be an exemplary educator who demonstrates
professionalism, leadership and an outstanding and measurable commitment to
student achievement and the teaching profession. Ms. Tia James is an
exceptional teacher who represents what we all wish for in our children-
excellence and an abiding desire to learn. Ms. James has an exceptional ability to
communicate her expectations in a welcoming and thoughtful manner. She is an
outstanding spokesperson for the teaching profession, someone whom teachers,
parents, administrators and the general public will recognize as representing the
very best in the world of education.
Take a walk into Ms. James classroom and you will be impressed with what she
is doing with her special needs preschool class. Ms. James sets high
expectations for each and every one of her students regardless of their disability.
The energy and enthusiasm that Tia James brings to her classroom set a fine
example for educators across our state. Ms. James devotion to her students and
to improving our public school system is helping to ensure that special needs
Pre-School children in Paulding County receive a first rate education. Teachers
play a vital role in the development of our children, and the passion they have for
what they teach can make a difference by sparking a student's interest and
fostering a lifelong love of learning. Ms. Tia's love and dedication to her students
are qualities to be admired.
Ms. Tia's dedication doesn't end with her students. She is the most accessible
teacher you will ever meet. She is never too busy for parents. I can literally call her
anytime of the day and she will take the time to answer all of my questions about
my son and his education. In the teaching world I am what is considered to be a
"high maintenance parent". To Ms. Tia, I'm simple a parent who loves and wants
the best for their child. Ms. Tia has done things like stay after school with my child,
not only because my son needed her, but because she knew it would help to put
my mind at ease knowing she was there while I was stuck at work. Little things
like that mean a lot to a parent of a 3 year old with Autism.
On top of her dedication to her students and parents, Ms. Tia is also committed to
her own professional development. Ms. Tia manages to take graduate courses at
night and still be full of energy for her little students in the morning.
Nicole P., Parent