“I am pleased to have the opportunity to write a letter of commendation on behalf of Kobie Wilkerson. Mr. Wilkerson serves as an educational consultant to Northwest Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas (2010 – 2011) where I am a 6th Grade Reading teacher.
I am relatively new to teaching, although – using my MBA degree – I practiced marketing in the Kansas City metro area for over 30 years, holding a variety of positions in both for-profit and nonprofit milieus, large and small. As such, I have worked with many consultants serving in many capacities and believe my comments about Mr. Wilkerson reflect this depth of experience.
I am in no position to offer comments relative to Mr. Wilkerson’s effectiveness as a coach to my school’s administrators because I have not been in a position to observe his coaching firsthand. I can comment, however, that in all my dealings with Mr. Wilkerson (at staff retreats, in-service training, and during his observations in my classroom), I have found him to be uncommonly genial and gentle… an arresting and compelling approach for an individual tall in stature and personality.
Mr. Wilkerson’s approach is to offer instructional strategy to teachers with unflagging courtesy and respect for both teacher and students. In this, he is a perfect complement to our Principal, Dr. Donnie Mitchell, who shares these same qualities. I would expect that these shared values allow them to work very effectively and efficiently together.
Northwest Middle School is a school coming off improvement plan during a national budget crisis that is unparalleled in the service experience of our administrators and teachers. It is my understanding that NWMS has the lowest socio-economic stats of any school in the state of Kansas. Thus, our challenge there goes well beyond the budget issues facing all schools to address a poverty mentality in many students and their caregivers that places them at risk of not becoming fully-productive, healthy, happy citizens. Mr. Wilkerson deeply understands and appreciates the challenge of this context and, in my opinion, correctly approaches it on the basis of love and relationships. It is this wellspring of true commitment, affection/love and respect that makes him so unusual and effective in this complex environment.
Anyone can read books on instructional strategies. Most anybody can communicate these strategies to other adults. Few can communicate them in ways that truly inspire, refresh and re-generate… reminding you exactly why you show up to teach every day. Teachers, as the “front line” in this battle (not hyperbole) to turn lives around through moral and academic education, need the kind of “support of the spirit” that Mr. Wilkerson and Dr. Mitchell provide through abundant personal notes, their generous availability, zillions of donuts and gallons of orange juice, recognition’s of all kind and – most of all – their bottomless store of good humor. Mr. Wilkerson is a unique educational asset. No doubt about it.”
Susan Moehl, 6th Grade Reading Teacher, Northwest Middle School Kansas City, KS, Instructional Strategy with Unflagging Courtesy and Respect