Gerard second-grade teacher Tracy Humphreys and Michael Hoots, physical education teacher and boys athletic coordinator at Wheat Middle School, have been named Cleburne ISD’s Elementary and Secondary Educators of the Year.
The two are among the district’s 2013 campus teachers of the year, chosen by their peers for their efforts in the classroom, cooperative spirit in their work with colleagues and their dedication to students and the teaching profession.
Campus honorees also include Lisa Welling, Adams Elementary School; Elizabeth Ford, Marti Elementary School; Candy Peterson, Cooke Elementary School; Courtney Hanna, Coleman Elementary School; Vidalina Pérez, Santa Fe Elementary School; Charlotte Stone, Irving Elementary School; Abbi McCulloch, Cleburne High School; Sabrina Armstrong, Wheat; Malea Ingram, TEAM School; Jason Payne, Phoenix Campus; and Debbie Smith, Fulton Education Center.
“I chose to be an educator because I wanted a job that would allow me to help people,” Humphreys said. “I was a struggling student that overcame many hurdles. While attending college, I realized I wanted to be an educator. I wanted to have the opportunity to work with children and instill in them a love for learning.”
Hoots credits the influence of his teachers in his decision to become an educator.
“I was blessed with many great role models throughout junior high and high school who were teachers and coaches,” he said. “They were good examples in leadership, professionalism and setting goals — and accomplishing them.”
The recognition of this year’s campus teachers of the year was among the highlights of the district’s employee awards ceremony, which also included the presentation of the paraprofessionals of the year, service awards and the honoring of retiring personnel.
Welling is among those retiring from CISD this year. She has spent her 31-year teaching career as a member of the Adams faculty.
“Being nominated as the Adams teacher of the year is one of my most significant accomplishments,” Welling said. “I feel very blessed to be supported by such a great group of teachers.”