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LaKeshia Ames

LaKeshia Ames (VA '12)

Teacher

Churchland Primary and Intermediate School
Portsmouth, VA

At the time of the Award, LaKeshia Ames was:

Teacher
Churchland Primary and Intermediate School
Portsmouth, VA

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

In LaKeshia Ames' fourth-grade class at Churchland Primary and Intermediate School in Portsmouth, each student is known as a "professor" and takes that moniker seriously. These young "professors" take their teacher quite seriously, too. Ames garners a high level of respect from her young charges, who make great gains in her "positive, friendly and child- centered" environment. One interesting word used to describe her class: "magical."

Ames uses an interactive Promethean board, iPads and manipulatives, along with games and centers of activity to promote high levels of engagement. Rap and rhyme are continuously infused into her lessons to make them more engaging and relevant to her students.

Solid performers on the state Standards of Learning (SOL) test, Ames's kids achieved a 91 percent passing rate in reading and a 70 percent passing rate in math for the 2011-12 school year, ranking above the state averages. They have consistently performed at or above state averages in reading and math for the past three school years.

Ames presents on Singapore Math and Paul Brown Test Taking and also sits on the state math curriculum frameworks committee. A member of the school improvement team, she is a master teacher in math and served as fourth-grade department chair. As chair for school improvement and data analysis, Ames is the Teachers Expectations Student Achievement coordinator, mentors new educators and leads in-service development for staff. Beyond the campus, Ames finds time to volunteer with the Red Cross, United Way and HOPE Youth Center.


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Oct 19, 2012


LaKeshia Ames In The News

Portsmouth teacher wins big award
WAVY-TV  |  NBC  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth teacher wins $25,000 Milken award
The Virginian-Pilot  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Portsmouth, VA

4th Grade Math Teacher in Portsmouth Recieves $25,000 Milken National Educator Award
Loudon Daily Monitor  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Leesburg, VA

Portsmouth teacher wins big award
WVBT  |  FOX  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth teacher wins $25,000 Milken award
PilotOnline.com  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth teacher wins prestigious educator award
WVCEC  |  ABC  |  Oct 17 , 2012  |  Portsmouth, VA

Students get tour of Churchland fire station
The Virginia-Pilot  |  Jan 01 , 2012  |  Norfolk , VA


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