Redwater ISD takes top regional teacher of the year honors

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Tanya Terry — Courtesy: Redwater Independent School District

REDWATER, Texas —The Redwater Independent School District took top regional honors
with Region VIII Education Service Center (ESC) naming RISD teachers, Courtney Beck and Tanya Terry, as Regional Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

Beck and Terry will now be part of a group of 40 regional teachers of the year to be considered for one of six state
finalists.

“I realize that students come to school with different backgrounds, different experiences and different needs,” Beck said. “My hope is to make each student feel that they belong, they matter and they can do anything they set their minds to.”

Beck also encourages other Redwater teachers to don’t give up as help is a knock away.

Courtney Beck — Courtesy: Redwater Independent School District

Said Beck: “It is important to count on your colleagues. After all, they are the only ones that truly know exactly what you are feeling and going through. Remember why you became a teacher — to see the light in your student’s eyes and the smile on their face when they finally get what you are teaching them.”

As the Region ESC Teacher of the Year, Beck and Terry will be recognized during the TEA State Board of Education Teacher of the Year Banquet in Austin in October. They will serve as travelling ambassadors for public education to speak for, motivate and exemplify the contributions of the teacher profession along with helping to identify and recruit teachers.

“I believe that every child has the ability to learn and that every educator’s responsibility is to meet a child where he or she is at the moment,” Terry said. “My philosophy in the classroom is no failures. If a child fails, I believe that I have failed the child.”

Since 1969, the Texas State Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to highlight many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve.