Kessala Dorsey

Hello My Name Is...

<Ms. Kessala Dorsey>

Hello! My name is Kessala (Kess-uh-luh)  (Polk) Dorsey, and I have been teaching at Lakeside Academy for 6 years in 3rd grade. I taught at Woodmore Elementary School for 2 years in 2nd and 3rd grades.
I was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. I graduated  from The Brainerd High School in 1995 (Go Panthers)!  I am a proud 1999 graduate of  Knoxville College, an HBCU  in Knoxville, TN Established 1875 (2nd generation). There I received a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. After accepting my true calling (and following in my parents' footsteps), I returned to Chattanooga  in 2009 and enrolled in UTC to obtain a 2nd bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and simultaneously obtained my Master's in Early Childhood Education in 2011. I also have obtained my middle grades 4th-8th certification.
(Possibly 9-12) 
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my son who is 17 year old senior, and aspiring aerospace engineer! :-), my well decorated Lieutenant Colonel brother,  as well as my extended family. I enjoy serving at New United Missionary Baptist Church in the Christian Education, Choir and Drama/Dance Ministries. I love to create home decor, party/event decor and craft. I am also a proud member of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated established in 1908!

Our Third Graders have been working so hard this year. During the 3rd quarter, our students are expected to learn the following topics:



  • Rounding numbers to the nearest tens place value and nearest hundreds place value
  • Measuring for volume and mass
  • Solving two-step word problems
  • Reading and creating graphs based off a set of data
  • Understanding fractions as part of a whole
  • Placing a fraction on a number line
  • Comparing fractions
  • Fluently multiplying and dividing


  • Comprehension skills of a text
  • Locating and using text features (heading, table of content, glossary, etc.)
  • Using key details in a story to determine central message and/or main idea of a story
  • Using vocabulary strategies to determine the meaning of a word
  • Cause and effect of a situation or event in a book/story
  • Compare and contrast two different topics and/or books 

Writing: Writing an a paragraph explaining their opinion on a text or certain topic.


Science/Social Studies: The students will continue learning about locations on a map and other geographical features.

All content © 2019 Hamilton County Schools. All rights reserved. | Privacy Notice | Website by School Messenger