Posted on 07 February 2015.
Six teachers from area schools were among the 32 honored by Weatherford College at the 2015 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration, held Jan. 30 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.
In its 19th year, the Harvey Academy recognizes exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.”
The honorees, along with an excerpt from their nomination letters, are:
KIMBERLY MAAG, FIRST GRADE TEACHER, ALVORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“Mrs. Maag is an exemplary teacher because she treats each student with love, care and fairness at all times. She provides special attention to students needing that little bit of extra attention to be successful in her class, on their work or just in the event they need some good ‘loving on.’
“Mrs. Maag is a dedicated teacher who wants all of her students to be successful learners and feel good about themselves at all times. Mrs. Maag has a way of teaching her students by letting them think “they are just playing” and keeps their attention from wandering off topic.”
JESSICA BAILEY, KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, BOYD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“Mrs. Bailey is an exemplary teacher who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of her students and to make learning fun. She takes pride in developing lessons for her classroom that are learner-centered by integrating technology and challenging learners at their varied levels of ability. Mrs. Bailey is an excellent communicator who is loved by students, parents and colleagues alike.”
TERRY RYE, CTE/AUTO TECH TEACHER, BRIDGEPORT HIGH SCHOOL
“Mr. Rye is the type of teacher who should be cloned. He is dedicated to his job; but, more importantly, he is dedicated to his students. He supports them in and out of the classroom.
“He recently traveled out-of-state to watch one of his students compete in a race. Mr. Rye is seen at all school functions and extracurricular activities. In his classroom, he teaches the curriculum, but he also teaches responsibility, respect, dedication and service.
“Mr. Rye is a positive light on campus. He is always the first one to volunteer for anything that needs to be done. His students respect him and come back to visit him long after they graduate. He is compassionate about his students, but he is also a positive mentor for other teachers.
“Terry Rye is an exemplary teacher a true asset to Bridgeport High School.”
BRENT HAND, BIOLOGY/ROBOTICS TEACHER, CHICO HIGH SCHOOL
“Mr. Hand demands excellence from every student, all the time. Every lesson he teaches is engaging and exciting. This kind of planning never goes unnoticed, and because of this, student achievement is at its best.
“His upbeat and positive attitude is contagious to all he comes in contact with. He absolutely leaves no child behind and strives daily to see that every student is successful. Mr. Hand gives 110 percent, no matter what he attempts.
“He is, by far, one of the best teachers his principal has ever had the privilege of working with. Not only does Mr. Hand have a good work ethic, he is a team player which is a quality most admired. He knows that success comes from all the stakeholders working together to achieve excellence.
“Mr. Hand is definitely an asset to his district. Our students are lucky to have him.”
SONYA HOLLOWAY, FIFTH GRADE TEACHER, DECATUR ISD
“Mrs. Holloway goes above and beyond to develop relationships with students and families. She’s what a great teacher is all about. She is constantly looking for new ways to teach math that will engage her students.
“Mrs. Holloway is a leader in her discipline and supports her peers with her math knowledge as well as her students.”
KAREN DIANNE MEADOWS, SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, PARADISE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
“Dianne Meadows has the task of providing special education to students across three different grade levels and overseeing paraprofessionals attending to the tasks of serving students. She works across subject areas with students whose needs range from severe learning disabilities to students who just need someone to read to them.
“She knows each student and their individual capabilities; so, every pupil is taught specifically to experience and enjoy their own successes. She does all this with complete professionalism – but most of all, Mrs. Meadows has the utmost compassion for her students.
“It is a pleasure to work with Mrs. Meadows, as she reliably handles everything to benefit her special needs students while also gathering data and information on students in preparation for ARDs. Paradise ISD is proud to have Mrs. Meadows represent the district as this year’s Jack Harvey Fellow.”
Other 2015 award recipients are:
Aledo ISD, Marian Flinchbaugh, pre-kindergarten
Azle ISD, Barbara Richardson, grades 7-8, Math/Algebra
Birdville ISD, Traci Ratliff, grade 6, Social Studies
Bowie ISD, Rhonda Parr, grades 7-8, Math/RTI Specialist
Brock ISD, Bobby Atchley, grade 8, Math
Burleson ISD, Janice Pyles, grades 10-12, Pre-AP/AP Chemistry
Castleberry ISD, Julie Cantu, grade 8, English Language Arts
Garner ISD, Diane Shaw, grades 2-8, Response to Intervention and Accelerated Instruction
Graford ISD, Andrea Hughes, grades K-6, Gifted and Talented
Granbury ISD, Scott Carpenter, grade 8, Science
Jacksboro ISD, Linda Collie, grade 6, English Language Arts/Reading
Joshua ISD, Tim Wade, grades 1-6, Special Education
Lipan ISD, Amber Branson, kindergarten-grade 12, Physical Education
Millsap ISD, Dr. Stephen Edge, grades 9-12, History
Mineral Wells ISD, Haidee Couger, grade 8, Science
Muenster ISD, Dianne Endres, grade 3
Palo Pinto ISD, Crystal Bean, pre-K to grade 6, Physical Education/Computer
Peaster ISD, Lisa Cockerell, grades 9-12, English/Theater Arts/Speech
Perrin-Whitt CISD, Julia Dinda-Weston, k-grade 12, Physical Education
Poolville ISD, Paula Clark, grades 10-12, Spanish
Santo ISD, Jenny Evans, grade 2, Language Arts
Springtown ISD, Debbie Parker, grade 6, English Language Arts/Reading
Stephenville ISD, Diana Gibson, grade 8, Reading
Tolar ISD, Cynthia Ratbon, grades 9-12, Family and Consumer Science
Weatherford ISD, Jenny Stilwell, pre-K, kindergarten
Weatherford College, Scott Williams, U.S. History.