Takeisha Hampton

Takeisha Hampton

Kindergarten Teacher



Mrs. Hampton earned her bachelor's degree and currently teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Cougar's Den Pre-School, a program of 21st Century Charter School at Gary. 

In her own words, "I was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived there up to my young adult years.  When I went to high school, I lived on the south side of Chicago in the Englewood area.  However, I attended high school at John F. Kennedy which is far west of Chicago.  When I was a teenager, I played basketball, joined the homecoming committee, wrote poetry, participate in the black history program and sung in the gospel choir.  What I loved about my days at Kennedy, were how my friends and I would compete with each other in class.  We would push each other to achieve good grades, or support each other if we were failing a class.  My teachers always made time to help, answer questions, be silly and support me if I was struggling.  They also pushed me to my potential which is why I wanted to become a teacher.  They saw something in me despite where I lived. " 

What motivates me to work with students each day is their motivation. At times I know that my job description goes farther than me being a teacher. Sometimes, I have to step out of my teacher role and become that nurturing teacher, that the students are happy to see each day. Also, the students teach me things that I as an adult only see from my point of view. When I am still and listening to my students, I can hear them motivating and teaching each other. What I enjoy about working in a school is the collaboration with the staff.

Ms. Hampton is looking to continue my education to pursue a Master's degree and help mentor her chuch's young teen mothers. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and listening to music.

Where our Graduates' Bright Futures Continue!

Proudly Sponsored by GEO Foundation