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Watson Celebrates Kimberly Stokes’ Long Career in Education

Thursday, December 01, 2022

WCE faculty and staff honored Kimberly Stokes at the college-wide meeting on November 16. Ms. Kim has been a special education teacher for 30 years, and coordinator of NHCS’ Transition Program for Young Adults at the Watson College site for the past 25 years.

She recently accepted a new position at Laney High School.

“We thank Kimberly for her amazing contributions to education, to the Watson College, and especially, to the students in the TPYA Program,” Candace Thompson said. “She remains an engaged educator and an active part of our Educators of Color Network, so while we wish her all the best, thankfully we don’t have to say goodbye!”

Kathryn Batten and Tonia McKoy, leaders of the CMC who have worked closely with Ms. Kim over the past several years, also paid tribute.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to celebrate Ms. Kim and the wonderful students in the TYPA,” Kathryn said. “The first thing I learned from Ms. Kim is to feel empowered and to help others to be empowered.”

Kathryn and Tonia shared may other things they have learned from Ms. Kim and the TPYA students:

To be different, to understand, to hope, to listen, to share, to celebrate, to lead, to support, to communicate, to be creative, to play, to dance, to challenge, to protect, to be imaginative, to be bold, to be dedicated, always to try and finally, to show love.

“We don’t make joy and love front and center enough in education, but in the TPYA program you can see it and you can feel it,” said Dean Dempsey. “Thank you, Ms. Kim for all you have done and all you have taught us.”