WC honors Wise County teachers

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Six Wise County teachers were among the 30 teachers from across the region honored by Weatherford College at the 2019 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

Celebrating its 23rd year, the Harvey Academy honors exemplary teachers in memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at Weatherford College for 23 years.

The Wise County honorees, along with an excerpt from their nomination letters, are:

Shelly Rangel

Shelly Rangel,
Algebra II and Pre-Calculus,
Alvord High School

“Shelly Rangel is an exemplary teacher because she is a model in the classroom. Mrs. Rangel has been in our district for 20 years, the last two of which have been spent at our high school. Her joy and ability to get students to perform in the classroom make her the ideal choice for this award.”

Katy Allen

Katy Allen,
Dyslexia Specialist,
Boyd Elementary School

“Mrs. Allen goes above and beyond to serve her students, our school district, and our community. During the summer of 2017, Mrs. Allen traveled to and from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas for four weeks of her vacation time to receive training in the Rite Flight Program for children with dyslexia. This program has been invaluable in providing research-based interventions for our students with dyslexia. Katy was also instrumental in implementing a summer reading program at our school in 2015 that is entirely volunteer-based and includes weekly library time, guest readers, and learning activities for children in our community. Katy is the mother of two and is actively involved in her church where he husband is the pastor. She is always the first to step up and volunteer, whether it is to help a child at school or to volunteer in our community. We are fortunate to have Katy Allen serve the students in our school district.”

Katie Paul

Katie Paul,
11th and 12th grade AP Biology,
Anatomy and Physiology,
and Aquatic Science,
Bridgeport High School

“Katie Paul is the epitome of an exemplary teacher. She is creative, but data-driven in her lessons and activities. Students enjoy going to her class and doing hands-on learning with labs, live animals, and many other creative tools. Katie’s day does not stop at the last school bell. She also helps coach girls’ basketball. She puts in numerous hours throughout the school year and on weekends to help the girls be successful on the basketball court. Katie is also the department head and professional learning community leader for science. She does an excellent job mentoring new teachers and helping the experienced teachers in the science department. Many times her principal goes by Katie’s room during lunch and sees her providing students extra tutorial time. Katie is an excellent role model for students and adults. She is an asset not only to Bridgeport High School, but to the teaching profession.”

Jami Petty

Jami Petty,
1st grade at
Carson Elementary School,

“The students fortunate enough to be in Mrs. Petty’s classroom experience unconditional love, meaningful learning experiences, and growth in all of their developmental areas. While she takes her job seriously, Mrs. Petty constantly infuses her classroom and activities with fun and engaging opportunities to both learn and demonstrate knowledge of a skill or concept. Her students continuously make gains, learn to respect and work with each other, and demonstrate a happy and positive attitude toward school. Jami Petty’s work ethic and masterful approach benefit her students immensely. The entire Decatur ISD community is blessed to have her.”

Traci Woodward

Traci Woodward,
6th-8th grade Reading and GT,
Paradise Junior High School

“Mrs. Woodard is an exemplary teacher because she has a heart for teaching and puts her students ahead of herself. Mrs. Woodard is a former coach, and she runs her classroom the same way she ran her sports teams. She is always prepared for the day and has a desire to bring out the best in all of her students. She has the initiative to adjust her lessons to ensure all students understand all of the concepts. She is always willing to do what is best for the students. She has been asked at times to change her teaching area and she never hesitated. She gives 100 percent effort in everything she does. Mrs. Woodard is also co-sponsor of the PJH Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is loved by all of her students and highly respected by her peers. Mrs. Woodard is a true blessing to Paradise Junior High.”

Belinda “Bunny” Bowyer,
Chico Elementary School

“The first question Mrs. Bowyer asks is, “What is best for my students?” There is no exception to this rule. She develops lessons, plans activities, and seeks resources with this as her driving question. When she mentors new educators, it is this thought she imparts while challenging them toward developing their own professional beliefs. Her genuine support of students and staff is unparalleled. Mrs. Bowyer is a leader among her peers, and her infectious attitude of finding solutions-not just pointing out problems-makes her vital to every aspect of teaching and learning at Chico Elementary School.”

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