Tracey Wingfield - 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Finalist
Tracey Wingfield, a teacher at Radium Springs Middle Magnet School, is one of eight finalists for the 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Award. Wingfield explains her teaching philosophy and memorable moments as an educator. The award will be presented in a ceremony on April 17.
ALBANY — For the past 10 years, Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts math teacher Tracey Wingfield has always believed that greatness resides in all of her students — and she sees it every day in her classroom.
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“I foster a belief that greatness is in all students. That belief is demonstrated on a daily basis no matter how big or small,” The Dougherty County Teacher of the Year finalist said. “I believe that working in cooperative learning groups is a way to teach not only mathematical concepts, but also teach life skills that are essential in society. Teaching is a reward in itself. As an educator, I get to see students develop into citizens that society will depend upon.
“It is a pure joy when you have taught for 10 years and, as you journey through life, you see students who are doing well and are successful. It is my passion, my motivating factor to see students do well and celebrate in their joys and happiness.”
A product of the Dougherty County School System, Wingfield said special teachers influenced her and help shape her into the person she is today. But she became a math teacher for one simple reason — she loves math.
“My love for math is so strong that I am overjoyed when I teach and I can see the learning that is taking place in the minds on my students by the looks on their faces,” Wingfield said. “Once you combine my passion for math with great teachers and parents who cared enough to motivate me, then you have my biggest factors in me becoming a teacher. I wanted to share the love and encouragement that I received with others who would be most impressionable.”
While Wingfield and her students learn daily in the classroom, she remains dedicated to her quest of becoming a better teacher.
“I am continuously growing through research and various workshops through the county, and I am encouraging a much-needed generation by taking advantage of this growth,” she said. “I think that more than anything in my 10 years of teaching, I would that my greatest accomplishment is knowing that I have impacted the lives of many children.”
Wingfield holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.Ed. in Middle Grades from Albany State University.
Dougherty County’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year will be announced Thursday at a banquet at Hilton Garden Inn.