Teacher and Teacher Assistant of the Year 2019-2020
Teacher of the Year 2019-2020
Mrs. Martha Johnson-Kimble
Martha has been in the field of education for eighteen years. She is currently a Special Education Teacher at Jo Kelly School and has been for the last 12 years. All of her teaching experience has been within the FWISD. She worked at Eastern Hills High School and as a substitute teacher for four years.
Professionally, she feels blessed to have completed a bachelor degree in social work, a master's degree in education and her Principal Preparation Program with Region 11.
Before working in education, Martha was in the business world and worked as a buisness manager for sixteen years. She has had a number of leadership roles in her church and community.
Martha's teaching philosophy is that every student can learn on some level. "I am very excited because I have the pleasure of shaping children lives on a daily basis. I believe God put me on this earth to contribute to the fulfillment of people with special needs."
Martha is also the parent of a 38 year old son who is diagnosed with intellectual and mental disabilities. "This enables me to see life from all perspectives for my students."
Comments from a few of Martha's peers here at Jo Kelly School:
From Sherri Merchant:
Martha will do anything for anyone! She goes above and beyond! I am very blessed to be on the Middle School Team working alongside Martha! Martha truly has a heart of Gold and deserves more than ever to be Teacher of the Year! God Bless Martha!
From Bob Chochola:
“Martha moved-over to Middle School from High School a couple of years ago and brought to our team character, experience, and a great big heart that expresses love for our students every day. Martha connects with our special needs students and they respond to her in a big way. As department chair I can say from the bottom of my heart that Martha changed the dynamic on our team in a positive way. Her unique ideas and teaching style make the rest of us better teachers. I’m proud to have served along side Martha and can think of no one more deserving of the Teacher of the Year honor.”
From Mary McKinnie:
Martha is a wonderful mentor at Jo Kelly. She is kind, always willing to help, and has much experience to share. She loves her students immensely and works closely with families so that they meet their IEP goals. She is a pleasure to have at our campus and I look forward to learning from her in the years to come!
From Debbie Oliver
Martha loves her students as her own. She truly cares about them and wants to make certain they are happy and healthy. She cares about all her coworkers, as well.
From Robyn Irizarry
Congrats, Martha! Have a great summer!
Teacher Assistant of the Year 2019-2020
Treasett started serving the students of Jo Kelly School in January of 2018. She assists Mrs. McKinnie in the elementary wing. Treasett excelled as an assistant and was able to train a new teacher to the building after her first year!
She was voted as Teacher Assistant of the Year due to her work ethic, personality, and her genuine relationships with the staff and students.
"I would love to continue working at Jo Kelly as a Teacher Assistant. Hopefully, in a few years, I will be Teacher of the Year!"
Comments from a few of Treasett's peers here at Jo Kelly School:
From Mary Mckinnie:
When I was a new teacher at Jo Kelly, Treasett was so patient with me as I learned the details of my new position. Treasett truly has a servant heart, always willing to help anyone with anything. She has built special relationships with each one of our students as well as students/staff throughout the building. She is kind, generous, and a joy to work with. She is studying to be a special education teacher and I know that her experience and beautiful spirit will make her a wonderful teacher!
From Robyn Irizarry:
Treasett, I've had the privilege of watching you learn, grow and love since your first day at Jo Kelly. It's clear to see, you were made for this job. Congratulations!
From Sherri Merchant:
She is one of a kind! I love to watch her teach & interact with her students! She has a natural gift teaching in Special Education! She is a true gift to Jo Kelly School! God Bless!
From Debbie Oliver:
Treasett has been a remarkable addition to our staff. She loves her students and spends time learning their unique personalities. Her calm demeanor helps set the tone for their learning. She will make an amazing teacher very soon.