Tampa Woman In Top Five To Win Her Own Oprah Show

A Tampa teacher is among the top five vote-getters in Oprah Winfrey's effort to identify a new host for "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star." Entrants had to prepare a video and audition at a Kohl's department store for a chance to win.

Dr. Phyllis Tucker-Wicks, a language arts teacher at Young Middle Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology in Tampa, was one of those eager contestants and entered to have her own show. Her show idea is to host a teacher reality show that features what happens in the day-to-day life of a teacher and in the classroom, showcases reenactments and highlights inspirational teachers.

Tucker-Wick's energetic video entry has gained the hearts of fans across the country since the contest launched on May 14.

"I'm a passionate teacher. I love to teach with all I have," says Tucker-Wicks. She says she thinks her idea for the show would do well because every human being can relate to having a teacher and believes that every human being has had a teacher touch his/her life.

"I've received a lot of support, people reaching out to me with words of encouragement, different organizations, pastors and it's just been wonderful and I'm looking forward to the results."

Viewers can vote for their favorite videos until Saturday, July 3. To vote for Tucker-Wick, click here.

Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Source: Dr. Phyllis Tucker-Wicks, Young Middle Magnet School
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