Kellie George named District Teacher of the Year

Harlandale Middle School (HMS) students erupted in cheers and applause as they heard Harlandale ISD Superintendent Gerardo Soto announce that their teacher, Kellie George, is the District Teacher of the Year during a surprise assembly held in the school’s gym on Feb. 6.

George, who teaches social studies and AVID, was congratulated by her principal, cabinet members, teachers and students. The HMS mariachi group also joined the celebration with a special performance as George received flowers, balloons and a special gift for all her hard work and dedication.

Overcome with emotion, George had the opportunity to thank her students and said, “I am here for you.”

During her 13-year teaching career at HMS, George has had the opportunity to take on many leadership roles and create a positive learning environment for her students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master of Science, Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University – San Antonio.

“Our school is very lucky to have Ms. George. She is a fantastic teacher,” HMS Principal Ricardo Marroquin said. “She is very deserving of this award because she is one of our strongest campus leaders and most popular teachers. Her kids respect and love her.”

As the HMS Social Studies chair, she teaches eighth graders to master early American history and works to capitalize on the strengths of her eight-person team. To increase student success, she has implemented many initiatives such as designing and creating a new advisory curriculum that focuses on mastering reading and writing skills through Social Studies-aligned texts. As the AVID elective teacher, she has created a strong college-going culture at HMS. Her students have the opportunity to visit Texas A&M University in College Station campus every year and learn about different careers and educational programs.

“It is my goal to expose my kids to as many opportunities as possible,” she said. “Through the AVID tutorial process, the kids are able to not only learn collaboration and public speaking skills, but build upon their weaknesses in other academic areas.”

In addition to teaching, George also volunteers her time to plan Social Studies Family Nights and STAAR Review Academies. Through the hard work of her team, they have seen an increase of almost 30 percent in STAAR scores in the three years since she became chair.

She considers HMS her home and her students her kids.

“I will do everything I can to assure that their lives are as happy and healthy as mine,” she stated. “This is what I was born to do, and where I was born to do it. I wake up grateful every day that I get to be here.”

Kellie George named District Teacher of the Year

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