Position: Second Grade Teacher
School: William Rainey Harper School
School District: Cleveland Metropolitan School District
City, State: Cleveland, OH
Music that Describes Mariah
Mariah Watts was nominated by an anonymous member of the community.
"Ms. Watts is a fabulous, enthusiastic, and talented teacher. I have watched for the past few years as she works her 'teacher magic' to turn students who are reluctant learners into avid readers and mathematicians. Ms. Watts takes time beyond the school day to get to know her students, and I believe that is where her magic comes from," explains her nominator.
Whether she's stopping by a student's cheerleading event or rooting on a student at a football game, there is no doubt you will see Ms. Watts in the community throughout the year. Her effort in building student relationships, coupled with her steadfast encouragement and didactic teaching strategies, has turned even the most timid students into life-long learners.
Furthermore, Ms. Watts worked diligently to lead a team through the application process of a Disney Musicals in Schools grant. Through this, she was able to begin a cost-free musical program at her school. While there's no doubt she's a star in the classroom, she brings that stardom to another level when she's working after school with students on stage. Even during the pandemic, Ms. Watts has been able to produce popular musicals such as The Lion King and Aladdin. Watching students come into their own, find a creative outlet, and perform in front of huge, socially-distanced audiences has been the most touching experience.
"Mariah goes the extra mile and hasn't let a pandemic darken her light. Our students are so lucky to have her as their teacher and acting coach," said her nominator.