Tavitha Sanders Wooten is August's Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero!
Tavitha Sanders Wooten is a Generation X girl who was born alongside her twin brother on April 27 in a small rural community (Falcon), Buckner Arkansas. Tavitha attended Stamps High School, now consolidated and known as Lafayette County High School. Tavitha graduated Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian in the 1985 Stamps Yellow Jacket class. In August 1985, Tavitha attended Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR. With a major in mathematics and a minor in computer science, she earned her Bachelor of Education in 1989. Tavitha’s first paid teaching position was at Lewisville High School, followed by three years as a math teacher at Stamps High School. Tavitha's love for working with children allowed her to return to Southern Arkansas University and earn a Master of Education in K-12 Counseling. In 1994 (to date), Tavitha began her career journey as a counselor in the Camden Fairview School District. Tavitha is married to Benjamin Wooten, owner of Wooten Electric, and is the proud mother of twin boys Tevin(Meteorologist) & Kevin(Electrician) and daughter (Occupational Therapist). And most of all, she is the overjoyed grandmother YaYa to Grandsons Khari and soon to be arrival Baby Williams. Tavitha pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on Nov 13, 1987 through Iota Zeta chapter in Magnolia, Arkansas, and is now a member of Sigma Beta Omega chapter in Camden Arkansas. Tavitha is a faithful member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church under the dedicated leadership of Founder B.C. Jones and Pastor Jackie Flannigan, Sr. where she serves as Teacher, Usher, Historian, and Hospitality Administrator.
Some of Tavitha’s Accomplishments are:
- Silver Star/Life Member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- 30 Years’ Service Camden Fairview School District
- Juneteenth Commitment Recognition/ Ministerial Alliance
- 1995-96 Junior High Teacher of the Year
- Class of 1998 Leadership Camden Area
- 1998 Excellence in Education Award /St James AME - Randolph Martin
- 2001 Outstanding Speaker CF Hippy Award
- 2004 OBU Upward Bound Satellite Instructor of the Year
- 2015-16 Faculty of Year Award
- 1998 MLK Youth Rally / Tracy Steele
- Ouachita Baptist University Satellite Instructor
- Youth Opportunity Unlimited Instructor SAU Magnolia
- Honorary Army Recruiter Award
- Certificate of Appreciation – Air Force Recruiting Station
- 2007-08 Naval Recruiting Station Texarkana Leadership Award
- SW Division Multicultural Past President
- UAMS JSA Pathway Instructor
Tavitha guides her life by always remembering her mom’s smile and words – “Always Trust and Lean on Jesus”.
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