WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Wichita Falls ISD’s 2019 Teachers of the Year are Britney Prickett from Crocket Elementary and Debbie Pepper from Wichita Falls High School.
The two outstanding teachers were overwhelmed by the recognition at Tuesday night’s banquet.
Britney Prickett won for the elementary level. The writing teacher started a writing club at the school, and it has grown significantly over the years.
Pricket said she tries to enter the classroom each day giving 100% and she makes an effort to capture every kids heart. “Every day that my kids leave I tell them I love them, and every child says it back to me. We fist bump, we hug, we high-five – whatever they prefer – but they have to look me in the eye, and I say I love them,” she said.
Debbie Pepper won for the secondary level. She teaches English as a Second Language and holds meetings specifically for parents who are Spanish speaking so that they are aware of school-wide events.
Closing the gap and lifting her students up is what Pepper is all about. “I try to encourage my students. Curriculum is important and passing tests is important, but those kids need encouragement. The more I build them up the better that they do,” she stated.
Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said the winners, like many of the nominees at tonight’s banquet, have the amazing ability to really connect with their students. “What they do is they go every day to work – not to do a job – but to impact kids. They develop relationships with their students. When students feel comfortable with their teachers, they tend to work harder for them,” he said.
There were to the 26 teachers nominated by their peers to be honored at the banquet. The winners will now advance as finalists in the Region 9 Teacher of the Year awards.