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January 29, 2014

Tops in their class

County educators named winners of 2014 Jack Harvey honors

Ten Parker County educators among honorees named Weatherford College Jack Harvey Academy fellows

Ten Parker County educators were among 32 teachers from across the region honored by Weatherford College at the 2014 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration Friday at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

In its 18th 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.”

Each school district selected its own “exemplary teacher,” and submitted nominations with praise and accolades:

Donna Samuel, sixth-grade art teacher, McAnally Intermediate School, Aledo ISD

“Ms. Samuel does an amazing job of teaching art to approximately 150 students every day. She is a leader on our campus. Students and staff would agree that Ms. Samuel is known for her rapport with students, her resilience in life, and the mutual respect she shares with everyone on campus. Her principal reports that he loves to visit her classroom: ‘I learn something about art on almost every visit.’ Not every student leaves her class an artist, but every student leaves with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of art that improves their quality of life.”

Amy Tong, fourth-grade teacher, Walnut Creek Elementary, Azle ISD

“As a fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Tong incorporates project-based learning using engaging lessons that excite her students; this enables them to learn in an innovative way. She continually shares her ideas with her fellow teachers and helps them incorporate technology into their lessons. This mentoring has helped our campus be a leader in the district with technology approaches and usage. Amy was very instrumental in helping get iPads into the hands of students at both the elementary and secondary levels in our district and works diligently to keep them up-to-date and ready for student use. Amy is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education.”

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