In Tamika Jordan’s first-grade classroom at Avondale Elementary in West Memphis, AR, the energy is electrically charged with the excitement and enthusiasm Jordan’s presence brings to her students. She incorporates strategies that engage all children with inventive uses of technology and lessons that impel critical thinking. Her “Shouting Stars” website keeps parents up to speed on assignments and activities. Her students consistently on target and on task, Jordan values their individual learning styles, calling all of them “geniuses.” The result? No student ever wants to miss her class. One even writes her a daily thank- you note.
Jordan’s leadership at the school and district levels is reflected in her involvement on the textbook, curriculum and professional learning committees—to name a few. A go-to mentor for new teachers, she frequently heads up districtwide technology sessions. Always happy to share her high-tech expertise with the staff, Jordan’s innovative techniques are featured on several teaching websites. The CEO of the National Blue Ribbon Best Practices Conference sought her out as a presenter in Boston and Florida. An adjunct professor at a local community college, Jordan will participate in the Teacher Leader Institute of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. Jordan’s unflappable dedication is also evident in her ability to persevere during an incredibly devastating experience: Even when a debilitating disease slowly led to the loss of her son (a student at the school at the time), she faithfully continued to teach and keep the focus on others. Everyone who knows her agrees: Tamika Jordan is an inspiration to all.