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Meet Tamika Wilcher, Mechanicsburg, PA

In this series, “Educators of the Week,” we celebrate the dedication, passion, and unique contributions of educators who go above and beyond to foster inclusive and equitable learning environments. We asked these exceptional individuals a few questions to learn more about their journeys, their inspirations, and their visions for the future of education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
  • Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
    My name is Tamika Wilcher. I am a native of Georgia who currently teaches in Pennsylvania. I am a children’s author of two amazing books (Smart and Beautiful Me and Wash ‘em’ down). I have been married to my husband Willie 18 years, and we have three beautiful children (Markya, Xzavier, Ma’Qell).

  • What inspired you to become an educator? In high-school, I had this teacher, Mr. Frazier that made learning fun and exciting. He provided a safe place for us inside of his classroom. At that point, I knew that I wanted to become an educator and provide warmth and acceptance as well. I wanted to assist in shaping little minds.
  • Can you share a memorable success story from your career? A memorable success story is when I was invited to be a guest on The Ellen Degeneres show off my teaching style. I started integrating music to whatever skill the students were learning about. The reason I did this is because they were struggling to retain information, but was coming to class singing all of the popular songs.

  • What unique strengths do you bring to your work? A few strengths that I bring to work are creativity, impeccable classroom management skills, leadership skills, strong work ethic, and a variety of teaching methods.

  • What are your passions, and what motivates you in life? There are two things that I am passionate about. The first passion is education and the power it has to shape lives. Hence, the reason I am an educator! The second passion is writing children’s book. Therefore, I am a published author. What motivates me is seeing my students learning and having fun while doing so.
  • What does DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) mean to you, and how does it manifest in your daily routine? I manifest DEI in my daily routine by empowering my students and in return they are engaged and motivated to learn. The first thing I do is respect them. It doesn’t matter the gender, race, religion, etc. I also show them appreciation and make them feel welcomed. Truth be told, we are ALL unique in our own way.

  • In your opinion, what are the most important steps that schools can take to create a more inclusive and equitable educational environment for all—students, faculty, and staff? The most important steps in my opinion are as follows:
    • Accommodate learning styles and disabilities.
    • Diversify the curriculum
    • Diversify the educator workforce
    • Provide access to integrated services
    • Engage students and families as partners in the schools

  • Bonus – Do you have a quote to inspire us? “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

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  1. Renata Burley

    Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Mrs. Wilcher, on being recognized as educator of the week. She’s so deserving of this! She’s indeed a wonderful teacher that cares so much about her students’ learning. What a blessing it was to be able to work alongside her in Georgia. I’m confident that she’s doing AMAZING things in the world of education in Pennsylvania! Keep shining!!!

  2. Jennifer Robinson

    Congratulations Tamika Witcher you rocks❤️

  3. Manesh Pinkins

    This is awesome, you’re doing a great job and I’m not just saying that because you’re my BFF but because it’s facts. You took on this profession as if you had been teaching for years and you’re doing it your way which is very effective for the kids and I am proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished. Keep up the good work Teacher T.

  4. Iris Parker

    I am well acquainted with Mrs. Wilcher. I can safely say she is who she says she is. My son benefitted greatly from her guidance, teaching, and love in both PreK and first grades. She continues to send him love and support all the way to Georgia! We love you Mrs. Mitchell!

  5. Kenya Jackson

    You’re an extraordinary educator and I’m so proud of your accomplishments. I’m more proud to say you’re my cousin, keep up the amazing job you’re doing.

  6. Tracy Rpss

    Congratulations! When you put God first and have a passion for your gift, the sky is the limit

  7. Dianne Bennett

    Congratulations to my beautiful niece. Your aunt is so proud of you and what God is doing in your life. Keep up the good work. Hardwork pays off, you have been gifted with an amazing talent, and I’m sure you will use it to the fullest.

  8. Nikki McGregor

    Congratulations to my sister and friend! Not only is she an exceptional educators she is an amazing women. Continue educating these babies in your unique way. Thank you all for highlighting well deserved educators!

  9. Vette

    Keep up the good work!

  10. Vicki Hicks

    Temika has been under my direct supervision. As her former principal I can say she understands both students and the learning process to a degree that is exceptional. She has an excellent rapport with her students and shows a sincere interest in them as individuals.
    Congratulations Temika and continue being awesome!

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