Steinfels selected as Teacher of the Year
May 6, 2011 • Eunique Jones, Jared Dunham
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Mr. Matt Steinfels
“I was elated that I made that large an impact on my students. I’ve created a fun learning environment that my students have thrived in,” Mr. Steinfels said. “ The admiration that I have received is gratifying and flattering, but it is not the reason I am a teacher. Their success on TAKS is my goal.”
Ms. Kristine Hamidou (fine arts)
“I was a successful candidate because the subject I teach enables me to get to know my students on a personal level. As a result, my students know me well; it’s that student teacher relationship. All of the teachers in my department work long hours and have incredible passion for what they do. I’m proud to represent Fine Arts,” Ms. Hamidou said.
Ms. Mela Goner (math)
“I was very surprised. As a freshman teacher, it is not easy receiving such an honor. It is humbling. Students recognize how much I care about them and their academic success,” Ms. Goner said.
Mrs. Julie Fairfield (math)
“I work my kids hard. I thought I would be the last on their list,” Mrs. Fairfield said. “This award represents my kids understanding that I work them so hard so they will be successful. I want the best for them.”
Mr. Jeff Pilcher (language arts)
“I had no expectation of winning the award. I was pleasantly surprised when my name was announced. This is my first time to receive the award and it demonstrates that my colleagues and students respect my commitment to teaching. Receiving the award has slightly transformed my perspective in regard to student admiration,” Mr. Pilcher said. ”I have been aware that most of my students enjoy the class. However, with the quantity of work they are asked to complete and the difficulty of that work, I never expected to be awarded as English Teacher of the Year.”
Mr. Marc Laminack (other languages)
“I was both shocked and happy when I won. Obviously I have built a good support with a lot of students. I am proud that students cared enough to vote for me. I am proud that I can make a difference in the lives of so many students. This reward represents acknowledgment that I am leaving a positive effect upon the students at RHS,” Mr. Laminack.
Ms. Melissa Downs (math)
“I was surprised and felt honored to be announced as Math Teacher of the Year there are so many great teachers in the RHS math department. I work really hard, care about my students and love my job,” Ms. Downs said. ”I think these are some of the things that are required to be a great teacher.”
Mr. Gannett (social studies)
“There are so many deserving teachers that the students would choose, being me made me feel very good. I tend to have a very good relationship with my students and I know that they respect me, but being chosen by them as teacher of the year shows that it goes beyond respect that they admire and care about me,” Mr. Gannett said.
Mr. Jason Fegraeus (career & technology)
“I was really surprised. I try to make the classroom fun every day and I try to get to know the students as individuals,” Mr. Fegraeus said.
Ms. Sandra Bailey (language arts)
“When I initially realized I won teacher of the year, I teared up, no joke. Yes, I have won this award before and I’m grateful every time because we have so many great teachers here at Rowlett. My perspective has changed from winning this award because it makes me want to improve myself as a person and hope not to disappoint the students, my colleagues and my family,” Ms. Bailey said.
Mrs. Cheshire (paraprofessional)
“This is the fourth time in five years that I’ve been awarded Paraprofessional of the Year. Anytime I get an award, it’s a memorable moment. I feel appreciative and I know the teachers appreciate me and I appreciate them,” Mrs. Cheshire said.
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