Educators of Excellence Award Recipients
New Memphis knows that great leadership is needed in every corner of our community — from the board room to the classroom. To recognize and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional educators who have been through New Memphis' programs, we are announcing the inaugural New Educators of Excellence Award. This award is meant to highlight distinguished educators that are alumni or program participants of New Memphis making significant contributions to our city through their work in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.
This award plays an integral role in recognizing and appreciating the impact of educators in Memphis. In order for lasting change to occur, it takes everyone pulling in the same direction toward the common goal. The honorees of this award are listed below:
Ms. Rebecca Bowers - Category: Teacher - Rebecca currently teaches 3rd grade Kingsbury Elementary. She is the grade level chair, serves on her school’s instructional leadership team and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Rebecca has 7 years of service and is a Memphis Teacher Residency mentor.
Mr. James Johnson - Category: Teacher - James currently teaches Science at Chickasaw Middle School. He serves as the science department chair, student council advisor and track coach. He has also worked a diversity, equity and inclusion coach at Teach for America’s regional institute for several years. James has 7 years of service and is a Teach for America – Memphis alumnus and a former Student Government Association president.
Mr. Kevin Kimberly - Category: Instructional Staff - Kevin currently works as a development coach at Perea Elementary and a Chief Educational Consultant at ForwardEd Consulting. A former middle and high school principal at Memphis Catholic, Kevin has 7 years of experience and completed his Master’s in Education at the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Tamera Malone - Category: Instructional Staff - Tamera currently works as an instructional coach at Gestalt Public Schools and previously worked as a middle school teacher and special education teacher. Tamera completed her Masters in Teacher Education, Special Education at the University of Memphis and is currently completing her Doctorate at U of M in Instruction & Curriculum. Tamera has 9 years of experience, is a graduate of UT – Knoxville and served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s National Teacher Advisory Council.
Mr. Jeffrey Veale, Jr. - Category: School Administrator - Jeffrey currently works as the School Director at Leadership Preparatory Charter School but previously taught 3rd grade mathematics at Ford Road Elementary in the Innovation Zone. He has been recognized as the 2012-13 Most Effective First Year Teacher award and 2012-13 Featured Teacher for Elementary Effective Practice conference. He also worked for 4 years in operations leadership at Teach for America-Memphis regional institute.
The recipients will be honored at the upcoming Celebrate What’s Right: Visionary Leadership in Education luncheon on October 1st from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.