Georgia Charter Schools Association is pleased to announce that KIPP STRIVE Primary School teacher Breana Marie Nicole Wofford has been selected as the 2018 GCSA Teacher of the Year.
Wofford began her education career at KEPS Preparatory Center in Baltimore, Maryland, serving as the lead preschool teacher. In 2014, Breana returned to Georgia to teach third grade at Atlanta Academy, a private school in Roswell. A few years later, she was hired at KIPP STRIVE Primary School—where she has worked for the past four years. Wofford currently serves as a fourth-grade math teacher and grade level chair.
According to school leaders, she consistently demonstrates high expectations for the school’s students. She is committed to using formative assessment strategies on a daily and weekly basis. Wofford concludes each lesson with a daily exit ticket, which she collects to track towards progress and the mastery of standards. Wofford uses the data she collects to inform students of where they are academically and to provide additional support in areas where it’s most needed for individual students.
“Ms. Wofford’s love of teaching and commitment to her scholars are obvious to all who know her. She truly goes above and beyond to help scholars grow and learn,” said Kinnari Patel-Smyth, Executive Director of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. “I’m thrilled that she was recognized with this well-deserved honor!”
Since arriving at KIPP STRIVE Primary, Wofford has been committed to building a positive school environment that pushes leadership and developmentally appropriate independence. She values collaboration and encourages students to love, believe, grow, and achieve.
Wofford has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Child Development from Spelman College. She also holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and certificates in Teacher Leadership and Urban Education.
In addition to her education career, she worked at the NAACP Headquarters for the Youth ACT-SO Program. While attending college, she was active in a number of school and community organizations that included Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Delta Epsilon (honorary educational fraternity), Jump Start Inc., and Girls on the Run.