Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Tiffany Whitcomb
Congratulations to Tiffany Whitcomb of James Dawson Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!Originally a secondary teacher, Ms. Whitcomb now teaches fifth grade reading and English at Dawson Elementary, where she has worked with elementary students for over four years. Her mother was a teacher at Tanner Head Start, her mother-in-law is a professor of education in Mississippi, and her husband is currently doing an elementary education internship – making education a bit of a family business. She also works with the Greenpower team at her school, where the students managed first place against other Huntsville schools in their inaugural race. When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Whitcomb enjoys spending time with her family, which includes two children.
“She meets her children where they are,” says Dawson Principal Deana Henson, “she does whatever she needs to do so they can be their very best.” Ms. Whitcomb’s classroom is a very active one, where students can often be found sitting on top of their desks in a circle during class discussions. Ms. Whitcomb says, “I just love interacting with my students, and getting them to love reading.” One of her students, Zavian Moore, says that he never really enjoyed reading, “but when I go in her class everything changes… it’s like I love reading.” She also makes sure that students stay engaged and incorporates a lot of humor in her class. According to Xavier Rucker, “Ms. Whitcomb teaches us without being just plain and boring – she’s funny and tells jokes while explaining it to us.”
For a reading and English teacher, there is perhaps little praise that is better than students who declare a newfound love of reading, and in this regard it’s obvious that Ms. Whitcomb is a great success at Dawson Elementary School.