I have been an educator for 12 years. I taught 8th-grade Language Arts and Reading to military-connected children at Faith Middle School in Fort Benning, Georgia, have been an Elementary School Assistant Principal, and am now an Instructional Coach. I honorably served in the U.S. Army for six years and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Maryland University College, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
I am a 2017 State Teacher of the year, a 2016 Association of Supervision, Curriculum, and Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader, and the 2017 University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. I am also a member of the Leading Educator Ambassadors for Equity (LEAE) with the Education Civil Rights Association (ECRA),a member of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), and a member of ASCD. I speak both nationally and internationally about discipline reform, the school-to-prison pipeline, social justice, trauma informed practices, equity, student engagement, and motivational speaking.
I love to write and am the author of Weeds & Seeds: How To Stay Positive in the Midst of Life’s Storms and Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline. Both available on Amazon. I also write for Pearson (https://blog.pearsonschool.com/contributors/), Education Post (https://educationpost.org/network/kelisa-wing/) , and ASCD In Service. In my spare time, I enjoy community service and spending time with my family.
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