RMS Teacher Frances Knight Named in FAMU Gallery of Distinction
April 16, 2015
Riversprings Middle School teacher Frances Walton Knight was recognized on April 10, 2015 as a Florida A & M University Gallery of Distinction Honoree.
Enshrinement into one of FAMU’s Galleries of Distinction is one of the highest honors the university bestows on its graduates. FAMU defines it as honoring “the contributions alumni have made to their disciplines, organizations, and communities at the local, national, or international level.”
This adds to Knight’s distinguished accomplishments the honor she won this February of the Florida 2015 Black History Excellence in Education Award.
In 2008, she was inducted into the FAMU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Knight has been a positive influence on the children and educators of Wakulla County for 29 years. States her Riversprings Middle School Principal Michele Yeomans, “She is not only respected among her peers and her students as being one of the very best in the field of education, often reaching and motivating students that no one else can, but she is also a beloved member of the RMS Bear family.”
In her 35 year tenure as a dedicated teacher and coach, Knight spent her first six years working at FAMU where she was the first women’s tennis coach and the first full-time women’s volleyball coach. In 1985 she was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year.
As a student at FAMU, she was a three time MVP for the first ever Women’s Tennis Team and led her team to championship levels. As a student at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, Knight was a three time letter winner in softball, track, and tennis.
States Superintendent Robert Pearce, “I have known Coach Knight as a distinguished educator since my internship as a beginning teacher with her up until her latest honor at FAMU. She is the complete educator with love and discipline for her students and a great depth of knowledge of her subject area. No one deserves this honor more than she does.”
In her 29 years at Wakulla, she has taught and coached first at Wakulla Middle School and then at Riversprings Middle School since it opened in 2000. She has influenced the lives of thousands of students and been a role model to hundreds of teachers during that time.
She has one daughter, Dwan Knight, who is a graduate of FAMU and currently teaches Physical Education in Orlando.