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Areka Watkins

Position: English Teacher
School: Amanda Elzy High School
School District: Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District
City, State: Greenwood , MS

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Areka Watkins was nominated by a member of the community, Lulu Moore.

"Mrs. Watkins was my grandson's 10th grade English teacher," said Moore. "Her performance as a teacher was over and beyond the call of duty. She would hold after-school classes, even on weekends. Her love for the students expanded to those who dropped out by making sure they found work or enrolled in a GED program.

One special event she coordinates is Diamond in the Rough. This event is held to celebrate each student for their hard work during the school year. Mrs. Watkins states that every student deserves to be recognized. Every single student receives an award, and their faces are undeniably grateful.

Mrs. Watkins has been noted for her incline of student test scores. She contributes her work ethic and drive to her mother, who passed some three years ago. She motivates the students by sharing how her mom was a high school dropout who returned back to school and graduated college.

"Mrs. Watkins, although very energetic and always participating in several student activities, remains humble. For this, she is deserving of this award," said Moore.



Comments (14)


FaTima Alexander Posted 5 days ago

One major thing I admire about Areka is here dedication to her students. Watching her from afar you can only be inspired to do more in your own life! She doesn't allow her students to accept mediocrity. She challenges them as well as show them that with a little work anything is possible. I've watched her students blossom from shy to speaking with confidence and pride. Areka is the personification of an educator and a life changer!

Angelina Copper Posted 6 days ago

Areka is a beautiful, strong and phenomenal black warrior that has inspired the lives of many. She has a heart of gold and tears down any challenges in her way. I admire her will to bring out the best in each and every student within her reach. I’m so proud of you Areka. Much love ??

Selonia Groves Posted 6 days ago

I really wouldn't know where to start when I am asked to describe such an amazing woman like Mrs.Watkins. She has a bond with all her students individually. With a kind heart of her own she has impact us all. She watch us grow and learn day by day. She supports us and care.When you're a student you feel the love and affection she puts into getting to know her students and watching us learn.Mrs.Watkins deserves this award she is my life changer and many more.

Carlyn Payton Posted 6 days ago

Ms. Watkins is a outstanding teacher and I learned that and I'm still learning that. She takes out the time to make sure you're okay academically and personally. She helped me discover who I am and helped me come out of my shell. When I first came to Ms. Watkins class at the beginning of the year I was a insecure 15 year old girl. But with a lot of pushing and help Ms. Watkins is helping me reach my full potential and become the person I was meant to be. She is a god-fearing woman and is faithful, and productive. She knows her worth. From the years that I've known her (even before taking her class) she is a heart felt person. I love Ms. Watkins personality and how she carries her self. She truly is a life changer.

Chauncia Banks Posted 6 days ago

She’s the best candidate it’s the best decision.

jamiya smith Posted 6 days ago

Ms.Watkins is a very inspirational and caring person.!

Pamela Heard Posted 7 days ago

She is a Phenomenal Teacher she pours so much into her students that it is life changing my grand-daughter was blessed to have been one of her students and through her contact she made a life changing decision to remain in Mississippi to finish her education with the school of Amanda Elzy High (she's from Florida)....Ms. Watkins is very inspiring and has a passion for her students to enhance and grow them to learn and challenge themselves to become productive persons.....she is truly a life changer in the heart of hearts you can feel and know the love that she has for teaching and the life of the students and their families to achieve the best that they can possibly BE through being committed to being educated!!!! She is truly a winner changing a life one student at a time!!!!!

TaJuan Beckworth Posted 7 days ago

Areka Watkins is one one of the most empowering teachers I have ever come in contact with. She is truly for student success in every way. She encouraged me to become for outspoken and courageous and I appreciate her for it. I cannot think of a better nominee for such an amazing title.

Khamya Posted 7 days ago

Ms.Watkins is by far the BEST person I ever met. She is a loving teacher & she is very fair. She uplifts students daily. Majority of the students feel more confident & more able to express themselves when they attend her class. I have a learned a lot from her. She is not only my teacher, but she is my role model.

jymeisha wilson Posted 7 days ago

Ms.Watkins have a very big impact on my life today , i took her my 10th grade year and i was very exciting the first day i went to her class she was about her WORK everyone knows her slogan it ain't but some WORK . She is a hard working women and she does her best to help out with her students , she will push you and will help you accomplish any and every goal you want to accomplish . Watkins have the highest state test , everyone loves her and everyone knows her . We love you Ms.Watkins

Montizse Dillard Posted 7 days ago

A good woman here.If it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t even look at life the way I do.

Teresa Watkins Posted 7 days ago

My sister Mrs. Areka Watkins, is the best teachers I know she's dedicated, to her work as a teacher. My sister loves working with children. Mrs. Watkins devotes all of her time to her students motivating them to become better. I've watched my sister over the years push her students and bring out the best in them also bring out their inner strength. Mrs. Watkins also started an awards banque in hourner of our mom who suffered with an illiness for twenty nine years. this award would go to a most deserving student who really showed the most growth.My sister teaches in a way the students are having fun as well as learning, she gives them a reason to want to learn while enjoying doing it, she's always thinking of ways to reach her students. My sister not only motivate students she also movitate adults to become better parents. All in all my sister loves her students as if they are her own. This is why I nominate Mrs. Areka Watkins as lIFE CHANGER OF THE YEAR.

Fredarica Haney Posted 7 days ago

Mrs. Watkins Thomas, taught my daughter and now she teaches my son. With both kids she has made a tremendous impact on their lives. My daughter looks up to her and strives to be as phenomenal as she is. My son says shes his favorite teacher and he has learned so much from her in these last past 2 months

keyonce jackson Posted 7 days ago

Literally the Best teacher ever!! We appreciate you to the fullest!!