McAnally Middle School teacher Kate Thomas and Trinity Christian Academy’s Becca Perales were among 43 teachers honored when Weatherford College held its annual Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration on Friday, Feb. 10, in the Emerging Technologies and Workforce Building.
Celebrating its 27th year, the Harvey Academy honors exemplary teachers in memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a "master teacher."
This year's keynote speaker was Shelley Jeoffroy, the 2023 Texas Teacher of the Year, a fifth-grade math teacher at Otis Brown Elementary School in Irving. Jeoffroy is a WC alumna who completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Biology and graduate school at the University of Texas in Arlington.
Jeoffroy has served in a multitude of leadership roles during her 18-year career, including traveling to Kenya, Peru, Mexico and Morocco to serve students directly.
Thomas was nominated by McAnally Middle School Principal Josh Jenkins.
”When I think of an exemplary professional educator, I think of Kate Thomas,” Jenkins wrote in his nomination. “Kate ensures that all her students learn at high levels. Her classroom is engaging and fun but also demanding. Kate builds outstanding relationships, even with the most difficult middle school students. She is a teacher leader who leads by example and in her own commitment to developing her professional practice. She is a reflective practitioner and regularly adjusts her practice to help fulfill her students' needs. Most importantly, though, Kate is an amazing human being with a kind heart and a positive outlook. The students and all her colleagues benefit from her presence."
The TCA nomination of Perales, who teaches first grade, said: “Perales is exemplary because she is dedicated to a high level of academic excellence for her students and herself. Perales is an expert in phonics-based reading instruction, caring classroom management and exciting student-centered lessons which engage all levels of learning in her classroom. Perales is a caring teacher who exemplifies God's love in all that she does. She has been at TCA for 12 years, and we pray that she remains for many more!"
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