Congratulations to Maliaka McNair for being recognized as Thames Elementary's New Teacher of the Year! Maliaka began her career as a long term substitute at Thames in 2005. In 2006, she became an assistant teacher and held that position until 2011. Due to her love for children and helping children to learn she decided to pursue a career in Elementary Education. She is now a first grade teacher and takes pride in her teaching career. This has been a wonderful first year experience for Maliaka. Her greatest accomplishment this year was seeing her students’ progress throughout the school year. It brings joy to her heart to see the light in her students’ eyes when they learn new things and are able to share what they have learned with others. Maliaka feels that teaching is her calling and she is excited about her journey in teaching the next generations.