Spring Lake Park Elementary teacher named teacher of the year

Texas High School

TEXARKANA — Christy McCarter, an elementary teacher at Spring Lake Park Elementary, has been selected to represent Region VIII education service center as the Elementary Teacher of the Year and will move forward as a finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.

The Texas State Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969 and has provided a forum to highlight outstanding educators who inspire students, their colleagues, and their respective communities.

The 20-year veteran in education is the fifth grade English language arts and reading teacher at Spring Lake Park Elementary. McCarter has a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The Academic Lighthouse Team member has completed the TISD Leadership Academy program and has served as a team leader.

“If you ever want to know what kind of teacher you are, allow your students to take over and be the ‘teacher of the day,’” McCarter said.

McCarter believes that a student’s success is based upon fostering relationships and holding herself and her students to lofty expectations. She also attends football games, basketball games, choir competitions and even baptisms.

“Education cannot just be what we learn in reading, math and science. As educators, we must focus on ways to make sure the education we provide our students transcends the classroom,” McCarter said. “We must find ways to ensure our education lasts a lifetime and is not forgotten.”

As the Region VIII ESC elementary teacher of the year, McCarter will be recognized during the Texas Education Association State Board of Education Teacher of the Year Banquet in October, or another date to be determined. McCarter will serve as the traveling ambassador for public education and will advocate for the teaching profession along with aiding to identify and recruit teachers.