My name is Erica Denisia Lumpkin. I am honored and humbled that I have been chosen for Teacher of the Year at Knox Elementary School. Truly we are Team Knox exemplifying the essence of hard work, dedication, and compassion for students. In addition to contributing my heart into educating students, my mission is to be an everlasting force to drive students to be innovative and successful adults.
For the past seven years I have been happily employed by Selma City Schools System. At the present time, I serve two schools within the school district. First, at Knox Elementary I carry the title of Physical Education teacher. However, I collaborate with colleagues to incorporate cross curricular specifications for student mastery in all seven classes (K-5). Secondly, I am the head basketball coach at RB Hudson STEAM Academy. In the same fashion, I collaborate with my middle school peers to discuss and assist with academic, physical, and emotional needs of the Lady Bulldogs.
Prior to employment at Selma City Schools, the prestigious HBCU, Alabama State University, played a major role in my collegiate career. I acquired a full athletic scholarship to play Division I Basketball as a Lady Hornet. Eventually, I graduated in the Fall of 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education. Notably, I obtained a Master’s of Science in Physical Education in the Fall of 2020. I am a product of this school system graduating from the Selma High Class of 2007. Overall, my career, athletic, and academic accomplishments can be attributed to my loving and nurturing family.
My hometown is Orrville, AL. My parents are Maggie and Alphonso Lumpkin. They instilled in me compassion, integrity, resilience, motivation, perseverance, and commitment. It is important to mention that my family is comprised of educators. My brother, Eric Edwards, was the former Teacher of the Year at Locust Grove Middle School in Henry County Public Schools, McDonough, Georgia. For these reasons I was inspired to make a positive impact in the lives of students and the community. In conclusion I believe that “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. I Pete 4:10 NLT ”