Great teachers inspire students. From Longview ISD Lamplighters Award that gives students opportunities to write about impressive teachers to Teachers of the Year who are chosen by their principals and peers, teaching is a profession like no other.
It is true that the world rarely notices who teachers are; nonetheless, civilization depends on what they teach. Some people may not quite appreciate teachers. But, once the school closes for summer vacation, most of us suddenly grasp the importance of schools and teachers. Besides imparting knowledge, teachers take on other roles in
the classroom. They counsel, they console, they advise, they instruct, they even buy school supplies for students with their own funds to mention a few.
So, when LISD or any district names Teachers of the Year, we need to take the time and congratulate them for their passionate molding of the future-our students. Congratulations to Shameika Allen from Ware Elementary and Megan Burns from Forest Park Middle who have been selected Longview ISD’s 2014-15 elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year. A committee chose Shameika Allen and Megan Burns from among other campus picks. The pair will represent their district for the next year. In addition, they will be considered for Region 7 Teacher of the Year in June.
There is a system in place for choosing Teachers of the Year. Principals and campus teachers make their selections during the latter part of each school year. Then, based on essay submissions, a panel of former honorees selects district elementary and secondary winners.
“Not only do we set individual expectations, but as a class we set family expectations,” Allen wrote. “My students know that I’m going to do everything within my power to help them master the tools (skills) they need to meet our goals as elementary fifth graders.”
Allen has been teaching for eight years, with seven of them at Longview ISD. Burns is fairly new to the teaching profession, having taught for three years – two of them in Longview ISD.
“I try my best to foster a positive relationship with my students- professional, yet personal,” Burns wrote. “Years from now, the children may not remember how to solve for a variable, but they will remember how I made them feel.” Allen, Burns and other campus Teachers of the Year are slated to be honored by the district’s Board of Trustees in the fall. Congratulations to 2014-15 LISD Teachers of the Year:
-Foster Middle School: Jennifer Utzman
-Judson Middle School: Kim Perkins
-Forest Park Middle School: Megan Burns
-Longview High School: Monica Pearce
-LEAD Academy High School: Jeff Goza
-Bramlette Elementary School: Kathy Mooney
-Hudson PE P Elementary School: Mary White
-Ned E. Williams Elementary School: Mesha London
-South Ward Elementary School: Marisol Urquizu
-Johnston McQueen Elementary School: Cherise McIntyre
-Ware Elementary School: Shameika Allen