By KAROLYN GEPHART
2017 Teachers of the Year were honored at the May 8 meeting of the board of trustees in Friendswood ISD. The six were given certificates of excellence and will be recognized and honored again at the End of the Year luncheon later this month.
Julianne McCarty is the Teacher of the Year at Cline Elementary. She teaches third grade and has been in FISD for 3 years with 10 years total in education.
McCarty knew early she wanted to teach. One Christmas as a child she asked Santa for an overhead projector like teachers use in their classrooms. He delivered and her future was set.
Sarah Huckabee is the Teacher of the Year at Westwood Elementary. She is currently teaching kindergarten and has taught first grade for 14 years in FISD and 32 years total in education.
“Teaching is the only job I can think of that I can learn from funny, intelligent and yet brutally honest little ones,” Huckabee said.
Kerry Deatherage is the Teacher of the Year at Windsong Intermediate and teaches 4-6th grade Inclusion, Content Mastery and Resource. She has partnered with three teachers for Genius Hour on campus. Deatherage has worked 15 years at Windsong.
“Seeing a child’s face light up with anticipation is one of the best rewards of teaching. Eagerness and drive for learning is what Genius Hour sparked in my students,” she said.
At Bales Intermediate, Rosemary Machtemes is the Teacher of the Year with 23 years in FISD. She is currently serving third through fifth grades as Reading Specialist and has worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher.
“Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved to read. I want my students to love to read too. I want them to have the feelings I have when I pick up a book – anticipation, excitement, and sheer joy,” Machtemes said.
Kimberly Hall is the Teacher of the Year at Friendswood Junior High School. She teaches Spanish for eighth grade. She has 3 years in FISD and 15 years total in education.
Hall devotes herself to helping teens navigate the turbulent time of junior high years while helping them find a positive place in school.
“When it comes to learning, in my opinion, it is not what you know but what you can do with what you know,” Hall said.
Theresa Lawrence is Friendswood High School’s Teacher of the Year. She is currently teaching regular and AP Chemistry and has taught math and other sciences. She has 15 years in FISD and 32 years in education.
“Humans are born with a natural wonder and curiosity of the world that we live in. My teaching goal is to encourage the scientist within all of my students and to improve their problem-solving skills so that they will be successful adults in whatever challenges they may undertake,” she said.