MISD Names District Teachers Of The Year

Harman, Robinson Named MISD Teachers Of The Year
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This is the image for the news article titled Harman, Robinson Named MISD Teachers Of The YearJacqueline Harman, Math Interventionist and fourth-grade teacher at Price T. Young Elementary School, and Tyrone Robinson, Biology teacher at Marshall High School, have been selected as the 2018 Marshall ISD District Teachers of the Year.

The two educators were officially named and presented during Monday’s regular May meeting of the MISD Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Harman is the 2018 MISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year, while Mr. Robinson is the 2018 MISD Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Both will serve as MISD’s nominees for Region 7 Teacher of the Year later this summer.

Both Mrs. Harman and Mr. Robinson were named as their respective Campus Teachers of the Year in April. A committee of MISD administrators then selected their applications and merits with a rubric scoring system to rank the candidates who applied for District Teacher of the Year to represent MISD in the Region 7 Teacher of the Year process.

Mrs. Harman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2006 and holds teacher certificates in Math grades 4-8, Generalist EC-6, and Principal Certification. She serves as Math Interventionist at PTY but was approached by principal Nakeisha Adams Pegues this past January about a return to the fourth grade classroom as a math teacher because of a need there. In her “doing what’s best for children” attitude, Mrs. Harman gladly accepted the new adventure.

Mrs. Harman is a home-grown Maverick teacher, having attended Marshall schools and graduating from Marshall High School. Upon graduation from college she returned to Marshall to teach in her home school district and has been teaching in MISD her entire career.

In her Teacher of the Year application, Mrs. Harman wrote the following:

“Too often, I've heard teachers talk about how helpless they feel when it comes to reaching out to their students. The days of being the person whose job it is to exclusively provide students with an education -- and nothing more -- are long over. Honestly, some will say those days never existed. I've never wavered in my belief that teachers are much more than people passing out curriculum. For some students, school is the best part of their day because it offers an escape from their life at home. As teachers, it is important for us to understand that there is so much more to students than the life they lead in class, and it is important to show interest in a student outside of the day's work.”

Mr. Robinson graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2003 and also earned a Master of Education from Mid-America Nazarene in 2008. Originally from Williston, Florida, he has taught Biology at MHS since returning to Marshall and joining MISD in 2009.

Mr. Robinson currently serves as Science Department Chair and Biology Team Leader at MHS, and he also serves on the District Leadership Team and Campus Improvement Team. He has also served on the Superintended Communication Network Committee and AVID Site-based committee. He has twice been named MHS Teacher of the Year as well as being named Most Influential Teacher at MHS twice.

In his Teacher of the Year application essay, Mr. Robinson wrote the following:

“Whether I am talking to my colleagues, walking into work, talking to a friend, or helping someone in the community I am constantly reminded of a quote by Larry Bell: ‘Even on your worst day, you are still some child’s best hope.’ This helps me to remember to never give up or give in because I am in the business of helping children and children always need to be believed in. In education there will always be changes in accountability standards, teaching standards, teaching paradigms, students and the list goes on. One thing will always be a constant; that constant is…dreams. Children will always have dreams and hopes and no matter what changes or challenges we are faced with in education or in the community we are all tasked with the opportunity to help them achieve theirs.”