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Educator of the Year 2016-2017

TOTY


“It is not for school, but rather for life that we learn.”

Goethe

My name is Tamara Holloway. I am honored to represent Kemp Elementary as Teacher of the Year. Kemp Elementary and the surrounding community hold a special place in my heart. As a graduate of Lovejoy High School, I gleaned from the wealth of knowledge and experiences of my teachers and administrators. As a result, I made a commitment to return to serve the community that once served me.

As a third grade student, I fondly remember developing a passion for education. My third grade teacher, who is considered to be my overall favorite teacher, made learning “magical” and fostered within me a belief that I could accomplish any goal I desired. From an early age I knew I wanted to impact the lives of others through education.

For the past 16 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching a diverse group of students with varying needs, abilities, gifts, talents, and interests. It is my belief that as an educator, we possess the keys to prepare our students for future success. I have devoted my life, energy, and effort toward this belief.
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 My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University; Master of Education in Special Education from Xavier University; and Educational Specialist in Curriculum, Instruction, Management, and Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

              My educational philosophy is to set high expectations, prepare students to be both recipients and givers of knowledge, value differences, and to promote the process of life-long learning.

 

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