Empowering Students through Math

Published 5:28 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2024

King’s Fork Middle School Math Teacher J. Michelle Ingram was celebrated for her work as an educator during the S. Delois Mayes Scholarship Foundation’s 10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Event at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 15. Ingram received the Community Leadership Award for her work empowering students and helping them express their mathematical thoughts while being a role model for her students.

“I was very surprised when notified by Ms. [Ebony] Wright and asked her, ‘Me?’” Ingram said humorously. “But I felt truly honored to be recognized.”  

In her work as a math teacher, Ingram talked about providing a positive learning environment for her students.

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“I try to foster positive relationships with my students to create an environment that is supportive and encouraging and to tailor my lessons to my students’ learning styles,” Ingram said. “I use interactive notebooks and hands-on activities, visual aids, and real world examples, and small group instruction in my class. We practice daily and I provide positive reinforcement to build confidence and improve skills.”  

Ingram said her work involves collaborating with her fellow team members, engaging with learning communities, and sharing ideas to support instructional and professional growth.

“I try to promote a positive and supportive culture within our school and I often serve as a resource for colleagues, providing guidance and mentorship,” she said.

Ingram also detailed how being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Alpha Delta Kappa has strengthened her as an educator.

Being a member of both of the organizations have helped strengthen me as an educator in a variety of ways such as gaining leadership skills, a strong support network and access to resources for personal and professional development,” Ingram said.

Finally, she gave a message on what she hopes Suffolk community members will take away from her work.

“That every student is unique and deserves an opportunity to thrive in their own ways. That one educator doesn’t do it alone. It takes collaboration between the entire school population,” Ingram said. “Everyone has pearls of wisdom that they can contribute to the learning experience. We are all making an impact on the future and the future leaders of tomorrow.”