Angela Josey, an Americus native, has been named as Kendrick High School (Columbus) Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.
Josey graduated from Americus High School Class of 2001, and received a bachelor of science degree in cardiopulmonary science from Florida A & M University. After working for awhile as a respiratory therapist, she decided she wanted to teach, so she earned her master’s in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. She’s been teaching at Kendrick High School for the past four years. She also serves as chair of Kendrick High’s CTAE Department.
“I later felt the desire to train and educate others in health and wellness. While seeking positions as a smoking cessation educator and clinical educator within the healthcare sector, I came across a position as a healthcare science teacher. I knew embarking upon this career would be a challenge, but it has been well worth it.
“I am proud that my students work hard and use critical thinking in figuring out what makes up the human body and what it takes for it to flourish. My students also push me to learn more and dig more deeply into the content area. I am a stronger advocate for education than I was previously.
“Although my career path has changed, my personal motto remains the same. As a result, when asked by students, parents and family why I teach, my immediate response is that teaching allows me to save lives one child at a time.”
Josey clearly loves teaching.
“It is my aim to encourage a sense of wonderment and empowerment in my students,” she said. “It is a privilege to be able to combine my love of teaching with my love for health and wellness. As a healthcare science teacher I am able to practice this daily.
“What I enjoy most about teaching is that I can bring my experiences as a practicing respiratory therapist into the classroom. Each time I encounter an interesting patient or a life changing case, I cannot wait to share it with my students. The fact that I can bring real life experiences and allow that to enhance my teaching style excites me. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others and their environment occurs through the sharing of my ideas. It is my desire to encourage each student to share his or her voice.”
Josey was also asked is there is an “downside” to a career in teaching.
“Character education is major piece of the puzzle our students solve in order to be successful,” she said. “This is a major challenge in public education because there is so much focus on passing tests and increasing graduation rates that not much attention is being paid to the molding of character of our students.
“Character education breeds self-esteem, which is something that is so authentic, we will not have to worry about the choices our students will make when faced with the alluring idea to cheat, bully or disrespect.
“It is my vision that we, as educators, will value our students’ attitudes as much as we value their aptitudes, their efforts as much as their abilities and their talents as much as their characters.”
Josey is a member of the National Board of Respiratory Care , Association for Career and Technical Education, Healthcare Science Technology Educators Association and Professional Association of Georgia Educators. She also serves as an advisor to Health Occupations Students of America and serves on the Columbus Technical College Allied Health Advisory Board and Teacher Advisory Board. She serves as the Kendrick High Relay for Life chair and provides CPR training to the Kendrick athletic staff. She is involved in fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association and is chair of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
It’s difficult to see how even an energetic, full-time teacher and community leader has time for personal activities, but Josey manages her time well.
When she’s not on the job, she enjoys traveling with friends and family, preparing for and participating in 5K runs, reading and participating in outdoor activities.
On top of all her current involvements, Josey is also enrolled for the summer in the educational specialist degree program. After that, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree.
As a highly organized and forward thinking person, Josey is clear about what she wants for her future.
“It is my hope that I am able to accomplish my mission as a teacher based upon the goals that I have set forth for my students: to encourage their promotion of physical, mental, and social well-being; to train them in the delivery of effective leadership qualities and skills; and to ensure that they make realistic career choices and seek successful employment in the healthcare field.”
Josey is the daughter of Jimmy and Doris Josey of Americus.