MISD's George Named Region 7 Teacher Of The Year

MISD's Rachel George Named Region 7 ESC Teacher Of The Year
Posted on 08/03/2017
This is the image for the news article titled MISD's Rachel George Named Region 7 ESC Teacher Of The YearRachel George, who taught fourth grade at William B. Travis Elementary last year and was named the Marshall ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, has been named the Region 7 Education Service Center Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Along with Kathleen Brown of Palestine ISD, who was named the Region 7 Secondary Teacher of the Year, George will represent Region 7 as a semifinalist for 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year.

George and Brown were nominated by their local school districts for their dedication to their students and the capability to inspire them, ability and willingness to work cooperatively with colleagues, drive to initiate activities that improve instruction for students, ability to work effectively with different groups in the community, desire to stay informed about current educational theories and practices, and their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education.

George earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin University in 2004. She then went on to complete her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Psychology Education and her EC-4 certificate in 2008. She continued her education earning her Masters in Education Leadership with principal certification from Texas A&M Texarkana in 2014.

George has 11 years of teaching experience, six of which are at Marshall ISD. George held various positions in Marshall ISD, teaching r\Reading, English Language Arts, Writing and Social Studies. George also worked at Trinity Episcopal School in Marshall as a K-8 Spanish facilitator.

“Ms. George has been a great asset to MISD. She loves kids and works hard every day. Though I am proud of her for this award, the sky is the limit for Ms. George's future,” said Jerry Gibson, Marshall ISD Superintendent of Schools.

George works beyond her classroom walls, serving within her community. She attends her students sporting events and recitals. She also served as the flag football coach for her fourth grade class. She volunteers for the local food pantry and serves within her church as a substitute Sunday School Teacher as well as fosters rescued animals during the summer months.

“Ms. George is most deserving of this honor and she embodies what teachers do day-in and day-out. She cares about the success of all of her students,” said Nancy Fessler, retired William B. Travis Elementary School principal.

George’s selection as Region 7 Teacher of the Year is the first for MISD since 2012, when former Robert E. Lee Elementary teacher Sharone Woolen was honored with the award.

On August 7, George and Brown will compete against the thirty-eight Regional Teachers of the Year, which are reviewed by a panel of judges where six finalists are selected. The six finalists are invited to Austin for personal interviews, before the Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen. These educators become spokespeople for all teachers in the state of Texas. They also serve as traveling ambassadors for public education with a demanding schedule of speeches, workshops and presentations while continuing to teach in the classroom.