From Hill Country Middle School, we recognize Kendall Hiott. She has been teaching for 5 years and currently teaches 8th grade U.S. History. When asked her favorite thing about teaching, Ms. Hiott stated, "...I think it would be challenging to find a career that is both as meaningful and as fun as teaching. My days are filled with laughter, and I never go home feeling like I wasted my time because every second of my day has the potential to make a difference in the life of another person. In addition to that, working alongside educators pretty much guarantees my co-workers are caring and inspiring people."
At West Ridge Middle School, we recognize David Hanley. Mr. Hanley has been teaching since 1998 and currently teaches Collaborative 8th grade ELA and Collaborative 8th grade Math. When asked to describe his teaching style, Mr. Hanley replied, "Interactive with the students. My ideal classroom is one where the students and the teacher work collaboratively through lessons. I practice and scaffold a life-long learning behavior particularly when a student asks a question I do not have the answer for. I use this opportunity to demonstrate that it is OK not to know everything and then challenge them to discover the answer or solution and take the role of teacher and teach me."
We also want to acknowledge Leah Pagano from Westlake High School. Mrs. Pagano is in her 5th year of teaching and currently teaches AP World History and World History. She states, "I am always proud when the 'light bulb' moment occurs - when students make a connection between concepts, when they've found a real world application for the information they know, or when they've used the tools and strategies from my class in order to address another situation or solve a problem. When students share these wins, it always puts a smile on my face."
Congratulations to these teachers, and thank you so much for all that you do! Eanes ISD wouldn't be the same without you and we're thankful for your commitment to your students!
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