Mansfield School & Family Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 13

Honoring MISD’s 2017 Teachers of the Year M ansfield ISD is proud to boast the finest teaching staff in the State of Texas, so selecting two teachers that rise to the top is no small task. “Every year we are blown away by the high level of intelligence, commitment and dedication shown by our teachers,” said MISD Superintendent Dr. Jim Vaszauskas. “Each campus selects their teachers of the year and then we narrow down the finalists, which it is no small task because the level of talent that we have in MISD is incredible. Our teachers are superstars.” But on May 8, MISD came together to honor The 2017 MISD Teachers of the Year; Laurie Skaggs from Mary Orr Intermediate and Douglas Arnold from Summit HS. Although Laurie has twenty-two years of teaching experience, she has only been in MISD since 2015. Prior to that she taught in Oklahoma and Kansas public schools. She holds a BS in Deaf Education with an Elementary Education endorsement from the University of Tulsa. Laurie currently teaches sixth-grade math at Mary Orr Intermediate School. MISD Honors The 2017 MISD Teachers of the Year; Laurie Skaggs from Mary Orr Intermediate and Douglas Arnold from Summit High School. “It is these kids and hundreds more who remember how I made them feel loved, wanted, important, and safe,” said Laurie. “This is my contribution – not multiplying decimals, not the Battle of Bunker Hill, not persuasive essays. It is a feeling. I feeling I know because I felt it as a little girl from Mrs. Estes, and Mr. Lawson, and Mrs. Thompson, and Miss Creech, and Mr. Wright and for that, I will forever be thankful.” With twenty-three years of teaching experience, Douglas has taught in MISD since 1997. He holds a BA from UT Arlington and received his teaching certificate from Texas Woman’s University. Douglas teaches inclusion at Summit High School. “It is my task to find those hidden strengths in amongst the challenges of learning differences, attention deficit, emotional differences, or a combination of several challenges, and then play off those strengths and build up a child,” said Douglas. “Many of my students have been defeated by their education experiences, and it is up to me to rekindle that fire, to seize upon even the smallest of victories and begin to build confidence.” Mansfield School & Family 11