At the age of sixty-six, with a plethora of teaching experience, Millicent McCaskill joined the University Instructors (U.I.) and PCG team in October of 2015 as a TutorEd™ daytime interventionist. Since joining the team, she has also worked as an EPIC™ summer camp site counselor in 2015 and 2016 for Clayton County Schools in Jonesboro, GA. During the school year, Millicent supports Atlanta Public School District (APS) through PCG’s TutorEd™ daytime intervention service.
Millicent attended Virginia State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Geology. She has previously worked as a geologist/geophysicist in Dallas and Houston, but made her transition into education in 1988 as a mathematics teacher in a middle school in Houston, TX. A little less that ten years later, Millicent received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Mathematics from West Georgia University. As a life long learner, she continued to pursue her education and received her Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln University in the year 2000.
Since earning her degrees, Millicent has taught mathematics and science in both middle and high school. Her past locations include Houston Independent School District, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, and now the Atlanta Public School District, teaching grades 8-12 at three different schools in Atlanta.
At a past school district, she was honored with the title of Model Teacher Leader. In this role, she worked closely with teachers, principals, and support staff, training them in best practices in teaching and aligning lesson plans with the Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core standards. In 2007, she became the Dean of Academics and Assistant Principal for Kennedy Middle School in the Atlanta Public School District. Seven years later, she retired from the Assistant Principal position and thought her career in teaching was coming to an end until she was introduced to U.I. and PCG Education.
Millicent says she became a U.I. instructor because as a previous teacher and administrator, she knows the pressures teachers face while working hard to meet the needs of all students, at all levels. “The help I give allows teachers and students that extra support. It takes a village and I am part of that village.”
She also enjoys the flexibility of working for UI-PCG and says she is excited to be given the chance to share her knowledge and former experiences among teachers and students. “As a retired Assistant Principal of a middle school, she has definitely brought her leadership ability with her to UI-PCG, says Melissa McMillan, PCG Program Coordinator. “Ms. McCaskill is an awesome mentor to fellow instructors, some classroom teachers and of course the students.”
Not only is Millicent a role model to her students and fellow colleagues, Melissa says she is extremely dependable. "If it's expected or required of her, she delivers. She's never late with reporting and turns her schedule in to us at the start of every program to clarify if she has any future conflicting days. She is that ‘go-to’ instructor that provides excellent support to students and improves the culture of a program. She's one in a million.”
Although she has mastered the areas of mathematics, science, and geology, Millicent has the skill of being able to teach all content areas. Melissa can speak to this, saying that Ms. McCaskill is proficient in all subjects and courses. She is extremely flexible, efficient and effective in every program she's placed in. She has also built wonderful relationships with all of the staff and students.
When asked what she loves about teaching, Millicent simply says that children are our future and wants students to know that school is a safe place for them to grow as a person. She commends students because they are eager to learn and knows that adults are responsible for the betterment of their lives.
“I feel students see me as someone who believes in them. I care about their future. I am there to assist in the betterment of the building and their student’s education." She is proud to contribute fairness, support, knowledge, and the belief that all students can learn to the APS community. Above all else, she wants her students to respect mathematics and learn how this universal subject can help them in their future endeavors, while valuing their education.
“My favorite part of this experience is that I am making a difference and teachers/students want my assistance. I gain new friendships from all and students value my knowledge of mathematics.” U.I. and PCG Education would like to thank Millicent for her hard-work and determination. She continues to do great things in the Atlanta Public School District and we extremely grateful to have her on our team.
Article written by Summer Tarpley.