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Lockett path set by former teacher

Felita Lockett is the 2012 Martin Luther King Elementary teacher of the year.

Felita Lockett is the 2012 Martin Luther King Elementary teacher of the year.

ALBANY, Ga. -- As a young child, Martin Luther King Elementary School 2012 Teacher of the Year Felita Lockett already knew she was going to be when she grew up.

A teacher.

"As a child, I can recall always wanting to play school," Lockett said. "My cousins wanted to be the principal so they could paddle the students. That was the way they viewed school. As for me, everyone always knew I would be a teacher."

Lockett, an educator with 21 years of experience, has spent the last 12 years as a teacher at MLK. She is one of eight nominees for the Dougherty County School System's 2012 teacher of the year, who will be named at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Elementary School.

"As a teacher, I strive every day to provide the same dedication, motivation, commitment, preparation, encouragement, praise, support and leadership that my first-grade teacher provided me," Lockett said. "To know I have impacted their (students') lives by making it a little better is confirmation that we, as teachers, change lives."

She holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Fort Valley State University and a M.A. in administration and supervision from Albany State University. She also holds an Ed.S. in instructional supervision from Albany State.