I have had the privilege of meeting Ms. Waters seven years ago as the Literacy Coach at Glenwood Academy of Science and Technology. During that time she has supported me in the development of my teaching practice as a middle school English Teacher.
Ms. Waters’ approach is one of skill, intellect, integrity, and compassion. She embodies a standard of excellence that is consistently evident in her instructional support and teaching. Throughout our one-to-one collaborations she has supported me in gleaning a broader understanding of developing a reflective practice that assesses and enhances student learning.
Observing Ms. Waters modeling lessons and our debriefing processes have enlightened my understanding and ability to effectively implement instruction. Additionally, during our teacher team meetings she has facilitated and supported teacher development through curriculum planning, differentiation of student learning, and planning and implementing our new reading program.
Ms. Waters epitomizes what it means to teach with passion. She demonstrates a keen perception of how to increase student achievement and enhance teacher’s instructional practice.
As the Principal of PS/IS 109, I have known and observed Ms. Waters for four and a half years. Ms. Waters was a distinct asset to the PS/IS 109 school community and voluntarily extended herself to the process of creating a culture of respect and supporting the development of her colleagues’ teaching practices. She is a passionate educator who is driven by high standards and expects the same of her students and colleagues. She is unwavering in her core values and knows that every child can and deserves to learn; which compels her to model, motivate, and inspire.
She provides rigorous instruction that enhances her students’ ability to think critically about relevant, complex content. She is consistently strategic and reflective in assessing and developing her students’ academic progress. She fosters an environment that creates independent learners and collaboration among all students. Her pursuits in enhancing her craft have produced students with academic and personal skills that have grounded them in the principle that they are a part of something greater than themselves. She often extended herself far beyond the classroom; providing students with well-rounded experiences that enlightened their self-perception, and their world view.
Ms. Waters possesses the acumen to lead. As an educator she continues to set new goals for herself and strives to maximize her full potential. Most importantly, Ms. Waters exemplifies, “We must be the change we wish to see.
Eight years ago I had the distinction of meeting Ms. Nasira Waters. I have known her as a distinguished Coach, Instructional Leader and Teacher at PS/IS 109.
During her tenure, Ms. Waters has demonstrated that teaching children is a craft honed by the principles of integrity and industry. At the core of her unflagging tenacity is the desire to imbibe in our children the passion to seek knowledge, question the world and make informed choices. Her instruction is impeccable and thorough.
Ms. Waters is the consummate professional. She extends herself to acquire specialized knowledge relevant to the dynamic nature of teaching, and in doing so, is a highly effective teacher. At all times Ms. Waters has demonstrated the ability to reflect on her practice. She takes full account of her successes and challenges with the intention to be the expert teacher! Ms. Waters exhibits keen emotional intelligence; which makes her accessible to her colleagues. Her carriage and demeanor exudes confidence.
Ms. Waters possesses the knowledge, skills and disposition of an exemplary teacher as expressed by Plutarch, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”.
~ Paulet Bromfield
My daughter Yasdavis Hall was a student of Ms. Waters during her seventh and eighth grade years. One of several aspects that stood out to me when she had Ms. Waters was when she learned about the scientific research of scientists examining the bones of both races (blacks and whites) to prove that blacks were lazy and inferior. While discussing this with my daughter she informed me about the term “cognitive dissonance,” which allowed white society to feel justified by their unjust actions. I was intrigued by this information as well as joyous that my daughter was exposed to such content and becoming more knowledgeable about her culture. Ms. Waters has greatly broadened my child’s horizons beyond what textbooks and standards dictate.
I honestly wish she could have a teacher like Ms. Waters in high school, but rest assured, the two years she spent with Ms. Waters has consistently placed her at a higher level in her current classes in high school. With that, Yasdavis has had the fortune to take the junior English regents and pass with a 93 as a freshman and is now in a junior honors English course as a sophomore. I know Ms. Waters has challenged my daughter to analyze her experiences and expand her perceptions about herself and the world.
~ Yajaira Hall
Ever since my son Khalill Lewis participated in Ms. Waters class I’ve experienced him being more analytical. He began thinking from the eyes of others and had more compassion to gain an understanding about how people become who they are. Additionally, his reading comprehension, and analytical thinking have developed and are blossoming. He’s also matured a great deal and since then has become an avid member of the community, dedicating his weekends to feeding the homeless along with other community oriented volunteer work. Khalill’s growth and development makes me truly grateful that he was able to meet Ms. Waters.
~ Migon Colin Lewis
Ms. Waters is an amazing and caring person. She has helped my daughter Guitania in numerous ways. At first my daughter struggled with accepting Ms. Waters persistence about her high expectations of Guitana. Ms. Waters was consistent in holding Guitania to a standard of excellence and teaching her to think critically. The critical thinking processes supported Guitania in expanding her thinking and gaining depth about content and her personal experiences. Ms. Waters broadened Guitania’s exposure to new learning, which supported her achievements in high school. Guitania became open minded and more focused about her work. She increased her comprehension and her ability to analyze the world around her. Ms. Waters has developed a meaningful rapport with my daughter, which is why Guitania continues to maintain contact and keep Ms. Waters abreast of her developments.
~ Geraldine Joseph
After my son, Isaiah Royal engaged in Ms. Waters critical thinking collaborative discussions, I observed his ability to be more insightful about himself and the world. Also, I noticed that his interest in his grades increased. Ms. Waters set a standard for Isaiah to think and examine his perceptions and the world. In short, Ms. Water’s collaborative discussions were the stepping stone for molding Isaiah into the analytical person he is today.
~ Gretel Dyer