Selma High

Selma High Teacher of The Year

Mashika Tempero-Culliver

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Mashika Tempero-Culliver survived being raised in a poverty-stricken, rural town called Vredenburgh, Alabama, where she now regularly returns to give back of the educational success afforded to her by the Gates Millennium Scholarship program. Growing up in this rural town presented Tempero-Culliver with life experiences that would establish her career foundation as a science teacher at Selma High School. At the tender age of five, she developed a passion for plants, as she worked alongside her parents in their garden. Later on, she developed a passion for the human body and peer tutoring throughout high school and college. In addition, throughout her high school transition, Tempero-Culliver developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which she believes has nurtured within her the resilience and wisdom needed to cater to the needs of her students. She is a 17-year follower of Jesus Christ, a 2009 J.F. Shields High School graduate, a 2014 Auburn University graduate (B.S. Biomedical Sciences), a 2016 Auburn University Montgomery graduate (M. Ed. Secondary Biology), a 2017 Auburn University Montgomery graduate (Ed.S. Instructional Technology) and a prospective PhD student.

Through incorporating project-based learning, technology, inquiry-based pedagogy, citizen science activities and other mediums of global learning into her teaching, she strives to create outlets for her students to mentally, emotionally and physically glean from their learning experiences. Her research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, teacher retention, rural education, high poverty education, and mindfulness. Tempero-Culliver is also very active in youth ministry in Vredenburgh, Alabama, and she currently attends church at Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, where her husband Otis Dion Culliver is the pastor. In her free time, she enjoys studying the Bible, cooking, spending time with friends and family, singing, watching comedy and action movies, exercising, exploring nature and studying the Spanish language. 

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