For release: July 8, 2008
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Meah King has been named Educator of the Year by the Memphis Alliance of Black School
Educators. King, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s
degree in instruction and curriculum at the University of Memphis, was honored for
her work as an English teacher at East High School in Memphis, her 1997 alma mater.
A tenth-grade teacher at East for the past six years, King’s record as a successful
teacher of English is outstanding. For the past five years, her students’ passage
rate for the state-mandated language exam averages 97 percent. This past year, 99
percent of her students passed the exam.
But numbers alone are not what distinguish King. School administrators appreciate
the way she works with her students, motivating them and helping them achieve success.
East High Principal Frederick Curry says King is one of the best teachers he’s ever
known, and assistant principal Janice Tankson said King sets high goals and helps
her students reach them. Even more telling, her students and former students love
her and the way she makes learning fun, even though she demands that they work hard,
for example, making them write at least one essay a week to prepare for the state
King’s recognition also takes into account her involvement in the community, much
of it centered on young people. She is faculty sponsor for East’s Peer Power program;
she teaches GED diploma classes and ACT prep classes for high school students; and
she works at her church with a mentoring group, Youth Eager to Serve (YES).
At age 29, King has been working with school-age children and younger for more than
half her lifetime. She began teaching pre-school at her church when she was only