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Area teachers honored by Weatherford College

Ten Parker County educators were among the 32 honored by Weatherford College at the 2015 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration Jan. 30 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.

In its 19th year, the Harvey Academy recognizes exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.”

The honorees, along with an excerpt from their nomination letters, are:

▪ Marian Flinchbaugh, pre-kindergarten teacher at Coder Elementary School in Aledo ISD

“Marian Flinchbaugh is both an amazing person and an accomplished teacher. Her dedication to students is evident through the many ways she carefully meets their varied needs. She makes time to connect with parents and keep them an integral part of their child’s education. Her passion and expertise reaches throughout the campus as she seeks out and provides counsel and best practice strategies to her colleagues. Mrs. Flinchbaugh is a needed and respected member of our faculty and a valuable asset to students.”

▪  Barbara Richardson, seventh and eighth grade math/algebra teacher at Azle ISD

“Mrs. Richardson has consistently demonstrated the ability to facilitate classroom instruction which provides her students with the opportunity to be successful. She is able to integrate pencil and paper work as well as technology into her classroom, keeping students engaged while learning difficult math concepts. Mrs. Richardson is our campus Math and Science Team sponsor, and she spends many of her weekends with students at competition. She is also one of the faculty members who is always willing to help during events held on campus and doesn’t mind putting herself out there performing in humorous skits or playing volleyball with students to help build school spirit.”

▪  Bobby Atchley, eighth grade math teacher at Brock Junior High School

“Mr. Atchley is a very powerful educator. He makes a personal connection with each of his students and genuinely cares about each pupil at Brock Junior High. The connections he makes with them are long-lasting, as students are continuously drawn to him. They are constantly looking for a handshake, pat on the back, hug or his affirmation in some manner. These connections, his mastery of the subject, along with his caring teaching methods, have allowed his students to excel in both eighth grade Math and Algebra I. His classes have recorded 100 percent passing rates and outstanding Advanced Academic Achievement scores for countless years. Mr. Atchley’s professionalism and attitude make him an outstanding recipient of the Jack Harvey Award.”

▪  Diane Shaw, Response to Intervention and Accelerated Instruction teacher at Garner Elementary School

“Mrs. Shaw goes above and beyond to ensure all students are provided with instruction that encourages growth. Mrs. Shaw works with students requiring intervention for academic progress as well as gifted and talented students who require extension activities. Mrs. Shaw has created the RGAP program at Garner to provide opportunities for all children to progress as much as possible academically. Her dedication to meeting the needs of all students demonstrates why she is an exemplary teacher.”

▪  Dr. Stephen Edge, history teacher at Millsap High School

“Dr. Edge loves people and loves to teach. He is very creative with his delivery of instruction as well as how the students show mastery of learning. Each student knows that Dr. Edge genuinely cares for them as an individual and cares for their academic success. He is a master of the art and craft of teaching. He displays exemplary character and loyalty to the Millsap community. Millsap School District is blessed that Dr. Edge has chosen to teach at MHS.”

▪  Lisa Cockerell, English/Theater Arts/Speach teacher at Peaster High School

“For more than 27 years, this Peaster High School one-act play director and English teacher has continued to inspire her students to be risk-takers, problem-solvers, explorers and lifelong learners. Whether in the classroom, in competition or school activities, Lisa Cockerell is dedicated to her students and her profession. The phrase “tough love” is perhaps overused, but Lisa Cockerell may have been the inspiration for the expression. She possesses the unique ability to establish a structured, yet creative, learning environment, both in the classroom and in the theater. The relationships she builds with her students give them the confidence to achieve at a higher level in preparation for life after high school. She genuinely respects and values the talents, thoughts and contributions of all of her students. Lisa Cockerell exemplifies the heart and soul of a professional teacher.”

▪  Paula Clark, Spanish teacher at Poolville High School

“Reflecting on the definition of “teacher” in the context of a school setting causes several different words come to mind. Those words include: scholar, knowledge, compassion, patience, caring, advocate, sensitive, mentor, humorous, honest and consistent. Building relationships with students and educating them in the process is crucial to being successful in the classroom. When a teacher has the ability to be sensitive to individual students’ needs and learning styles, it opens up the opportunity for students to excel in the classroom and in their personal endeavors. Ms. Clark is exemplary because she portrays all the above-mentioned characteristics. Her unique style of teaching and her ability to keep students engaged and enthralled in learning is highly impressive. Ms. Clark’s first and foremost priority is student success, and she does everything in her power to make sure success is achieved. She truly cares about her students. She advocates and helps them reach their maximum potential. Mrs. Clark is to be commended for all of her hard work and dedication to the students of Poolville High School.”

▪  Debbie Parker, English Language Arts/Reading teacher at Springtown Intermediate School

“Debbie Parker is passionate about what she teaches, and she brings that passion into her classroom each and every day. The needs of all students, whether they are gifted or they struggle, are at the forefront of everything she does. Now in her 20th year of teaching, a very large number of students would attest their reading abilities were significantly improved due to the wonderful teaching and encouragement of Mrs. Parker. She rejoices at seeing all students succeed. Springtown ISD and Springtown Intermediate School, in particular, is fortunate to have been the benefactor of her exemplary teaching. She has most definitely gained the respect and admiration of many teachers and students.”

▪ Jenny Stilwell, pre-kindergarten/kindergarten teacher at Bill Wright Elementary in Weatherford ISD

“Jenny Stilwell was named the Wright Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Weatherford ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2014. She considers teaching a calling and works to build relationships with students to help them be successful learners. She realizes the importance of parental involvement and teaches her parents how to be engaged in their child’s learning.”

▪ Scott Williams, U.S. History instructor at Weatherford College

“Mr. Williams invests so much time and energy in teaching his classes and his students. His methodologies are innovative, his classes are engaging and challenging, and his students are successful.”

Other 2014-15 honorees of Jack Harvey Fellowship Awards of Exemplary Teaching include: Alvord ISD – Kimberly Maag, Grade 1; Birdville ISD – Traci Ratliff, Grade 6, Social Studies; Bowie ISD – Rhonda Parr, Grades 7 and 8, Math/RTI Specialist; Boyd ISD – Jessica Bailey, Kindergarten; Bridgeport ISD – Terry Rye, Grades 9-12, CTE/Auto Tech ; Burleson ISD – Janice Pyles, Grades 10-12, Pre-AP/AP Chemistry; Castleberry ISD- Julie Cantu, Grade 8, English Language Arts; Chico ISD – Brent Hand, Grades 9-12, Biology/Robotics; Decatur ISD – Sonya Holloway, Grade 5, Math; Graford ISD – Andrea Hughes, Grades K-6, Gifted and Talented; Granbury ISD –Scott Carpenter, Grade 8, Science; Jacksboro ISD – Linda Collie, Grade 6, English Language Arts/Reading; Joshua ISD – Tim Wade, Grades1-6, Special Education; Lipan ISD –Amber Branson, Kindergarten- Grade 12, Physical Education; Millsap ISD – Dr. Stephen Edge, Grades 9-12, History; Mineral Wells ISD- Haidee Couger, Grade 8, Science; Muenster ISD – Dianne Endres, Grade 3; Palo Pinto ISD – Crystal Bean, Pre-K to Grade 6, Physical Education/Computer; Paradise ISD – Karen Dianne Meadows, Grades 6-8, Special Education; Perrin-Whitt CISD – Julia Dinda-Weston, K-Grade 12, Physical Education; Santo ISD – Jenny Evans, Grade 2, Language Arts; Stephenville ISD – Diana Gibson, Grade 8, Reading; Tolar ISD- Cynthia Ratbon, Grades 9-12, Family and Consumer Science