Each year a teacher is chosen by his/her co-workers as Teacher of the Year. This year there were six teacher finalists because of a tie: Mrs. Branoff, Ms. Keyes, Mr. Sapp, Mr. Stansell, Mrs. Valdes, and Mrs. Watson.
The final outcome and voting lead to a certain Spanish Teacher being chosen: Mrs. Valdes! “I have never received this award, neither did I ever expect it. I work with an amazing group of people, who deserve this award. It took me a few weeks to get over the shock of winning. I couldn’t believe that the staff saw me to be fit,” she said.
“I feel like I have a lot to learn all the time. But I accept the honor and recognition. It makes me feel like I am making a difference. I don’t do things for the recognition, rather for the feeling it gives me of success and fulfillment,” commented Mrs. Valdes on the award she had received.
Many teachers help students succeed not only in class, but out of class as well. It’s this sense of compassion, and the ability to care that puts many teachers, including Mrs. Valdes, above and beyond in their field.
“I really am proud of her for getting teacher of the year because I felt she really does deserve it,” stated Carla Garcia (‘17). “She’s one of those teachers that you can come to for everything; someone that will help you stay on the right path; someone you can turn to when you’re having a really bad day or when something really good happens to you. She helps you succeed,”
Many teachers enjoy being put up for nomination and possibly receiving the award. It shows appreciation for one another, and let’s teachers know how grateful the school is to have them here. Mrs. Howell, a health science teacher, said, “It’s a huge honor to receive it, it means your colleagues and students think you’re exceptional.”
Overall, congratulations to Mrs. Valdes and receiving the award! Not only are her colleagues delighted to have her as Teacher of the Year, but her students are also just as proud.