Karessa Carter (Morrow), a BabbMiddle School teacher and ClaytonStateUniversity alumnus, found success and recognition at her job by being chosen by BabbMiddle School’s principal to travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the national convention on Differentiated Instruction last month.
“Listening to the keynote speaker at the convention just reminded me of Dr. David Messer’s lectures and wisdom. I’m thankful for him challenging me as a teacher and inspiring me to be my best,” comments Carter.
Carter graduated from ClaytonState in May 2011 with a degree in Middle Grades Education. Her primary area of study was language arts and her second area of study was social studies.
Carter recognizes Messer, an assistant professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Department of Teacher Education and Debra Durden, a retired ClaytonState faculty member, as helping her realize her full potential as a future educator.
“Karessa is extraordinarily inquisitive, self-motivated, and disciplined as a scholar and teacher candidate. I am absolutely sure that she exhibits these characteristics as a teacher,” comments Messer.
Three months after graduation, Carter signed her contract with Clayton County Public Schools in August of 2011. It was after completing her internship and practicum at Babb that she was hired there as a seventh grade language arts teacher.
“I was a product of Clayton County Schools and I feel right at home here. It’s kind of like I am paying it forward by giving back to the education community that molded me,” states Carter.
In the next five years, Carter would love to have an opportunity to work as an instructional facilitator at the county level, if she’s not still enjoying her work in the classroom.
“My career allows me time to reflect on and improve my craft each and everyday. I simply love making a difference and helping those around me succeed,” Carter proclaims.