A Q&A with ATPE’s 2020 Special Services Educator of the Year

The Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Awards recognize ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective educational fields. This year’s winners were honored during a virtual session during the 2020 ATPE Summit, which, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, was streamed online to ATPE members across Texas.
The 2020 Special Services Educator of the Year Award went to Aiesha Odutayo. Aiesha has been an online assessment manager in Houston ISD’s student assessment department for the past three years.
ATPE reached out to Aiesha to find out what inspired her to become an educator and what she enjoys most about her job.
What made you want to be an educator?
I wanted to be an educator to make a difference and help students achieve their goals. I believe that all students can learn, and, if given the opportunity to receive a good quality education, they can accomplish anything in life. Education for me is setting the foundation for students so they can build toward their purpose in life.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is working with campus leaders, teachers, and students. I enjoy providing resources for campuses so students can get exposure to many opportunities in life to help them become academically successful. Most importantly, I enjoy it when students are happy because of their academic achievements.
Share your favorite moment as an educator.
My favorite moment as an educator is witnessing students whom I have worked with graduate from high school and college and achieve their career goals.  
Share something fun about yourself.
I enjoy traveling, volunteering, mentoring, and working in the community to help provide resources.
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