Principal's Bio

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Dr. Quesha S. Starks


Principal's Bio

Principal's Bio

street artDr. Quesha S. Starks, Principal

Dr. Quésha S. Starks is a National Board Certified Teacher with a specialization in Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts. Dr. Starks, an accomplished musician, studied organ with German composer Dr. Harald Rohlig and performed as a guest pianist and flutist in "Sketches in Jazz," sponsored by the Alabama Jazz Federation. She has studied voice, dance, and classical guitar, and her involvement in the performing arts has allowed her to work with youth programs across the state as a music workshop clinician, Junior Miss pageant judge, and motivational speaker. In 2009, Dr. Starks organized the Wilbur Terrell Jazz Ensemble to inspire young musicians to celebrate the contributions of jazz artists.

In addition to Dr. Starks' professional responsibilities, she has conducted extensive research on Multiple Intelligences Theory and Brain Research and presented workshops focusing on arts integration across the curriculum. She has been recognized as a Disney American Teacher Award nominee, WSFA Class Act Award Teacher, Sam Walton Foundation Teacher of the Year, Who's Who Among American Teachers, Congressional Youth Leadership Advisor, and Montgomery County's Outstanding Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year. In 2007, she was named Alabama's Outstanding Secondary Principal of the Year, and in 2008 Starks was featured in the Future Montgomery Magazine as one of the city's "Most Promising Young Leaders."

In her tenure as principal, Newsweek Magazine, U. S. News & World Report, Business Week, Google, Inc., and the Washington Posthave recognized BTW as one of America's Best High Schools. Starks attributes the success of students in the BTW Community to dedicated teachers, support staff, parents, grandparents, and community partners. This is Dr. Starks' 11th year as principal of BTW and her 15th year as a professional educator at BTW Magnet.