It’s not just another day for Tika Russell, Troup County School System (TCSS) fifth grade paraprofessional. As she walks into her class at Ethel W. Kight elementary, all the students are excited for her; clapping and cheering as they yell out, ‘Congratulations, Ms. Russell!’
They are showing appreciation because the former daycare center owner was just named a recipient of the Grow Your Own (GYO) scholarship sponsored by the school system. This scholarship will allow her to pay for the completion of her elementary education degree from Brenau University.
She said her experience spans beyond the classroom, “I have been working with children for the last seventeen years. I had a daycare at one point and now I’m here at the school system. I love working with children. I already have an associate degree in early childcare and I am looking forward to getting my bachelor’s degree thanks to this scholarship.”