Students from Mrs. Mildred James-Moss' third grade class shared memories of her teaching style and caring attitude while planting a tree in her honor at McCormick Elementary School. Mrs. Moss was tragically killed in a car accident on her way to school on January 12th when another car crossed the center line and collided with her car head-on. This horrific accident left her family, her class, the school and the school district in shock. Students A'Mar Baylor, Tyler Riley and T'Mya Tutt read poems honoring one of their favorite teachers.
One student, who was not a student at the school in January, asked what Mrs. Moss was like. Principal Nynita Paul remarked of Mrs. Moss' "grandmotherly" way of caring for her students while still holding them to a high standard for behavior and academic achievement. While Mrs. Moss became a teacher at McCormick for the first time this year, she worked with students as if she had been there for years. She was a relationship builder with students and staff. Her fellow teachers enjoyed working with her and learning new teaching strategies alongside her.
Mrs. Mildred James-Moss was a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, colleague and friend who is sorely missed by all who knew her. The Yoshino cherry tree planted outside the students' classroom will be maintained by the third grade students and their new teacher, Ms. Hannah Jenkins and her assistant, Mrs. Katina Dansby.