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January 29, 2014

Tops in their class

County educators named winners of 2014 Jack Harvey honors

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Adrian Hinckley, sixth-grade English teacher, Peaster ISD

“Ms. Hinckley extends all means necessary to ensure that her students are engaged and experience success while learning. In just a short time within the profession, Mrs. Hinckley has attracted the attention of her peers and administrative staff. Mrs. Hinckley was chosen by her peers to receive this year’s Jack Harvey Medal for Peaster ISD. Mrs. Hinckley exemplifies what a classroom teacher on today’s campus ought to be. She is kid-focused through and through. She will exhaust all avenues to ensure that a child is successful and engaged. Mrs. Hinckley is not only a fine asset for students in her English classes but she also does not shy away from furthering her qualifications, making her that much more valuable. Mrs. Hinckley is a valuable asset to the overall campus culture at Peaster Middle School.”

Teri Simpson, sixth-grade science teacher, Poolville ISD

“Teri Simpson is a passionate, dedicated teacher and coach at Poolville Junior High School. She is also the head volleyball coach at Poolville High School. In the classroom, the engagement level of the students is second to none. In everything Coach Simpson does she gives 100 percent of herself, whether it’s coaching volleyball or conducting a “Goop, Goo, and Ubleck” science experiment with her classes. She is a consummate professional and a team player. The students love her and it shows daily in the classroom and on the court. In addition to her numerous responsibilities, both athletically and academically, she is also a mentor to two teachers on the PJHS campus.”

Melissa Westberry, kindergarten teacher,  Goshen Creek Elementary School, Springtown ISD

“Mrs. Westberry is exemplary because she encompasses all the traits of a model teacher. She is caring, nurturing, disciplined, and fair. She always puts student learning and student needs above all else. Mrs. Westberry models teacher leadership, and she constantly searches for methods to enhance her teaching ability. She is a true learner and exemplifies what every parent would want for their child from their teacher. She possesses a tenacious attitude and determination to ensure every student is prepared for future learning and successful. A consummate professional, she exemplifies the best of what education entails. Her peers look to her for advice, counsel, and often just a positive word. Mrs. Westberry’s work ethic and resolve for student success have made her an exemplary teacher and a model educator. It goes without saying that Goshen Creek Elementary School is extremely lucky to have Mrs. Westberry serving our students.”

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