“A teacher holds the single most important task of the world, shaping the future. It is my strong belief that it’s a point when the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher true learning takes place.” – Globe Teacher of the Year Bryan Warren, J.L. Everhart 3rd grade teacher
By Keisha Roland
Teachers play an essential role in educating and shaping children; the future leaders of a nation country. Teachers are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals who mold students’ lives in a positive direction. The event was a time to thank extraordinary teachers.
GLOBE (Greater Longview Organization for Business Leaders) Tuesday held their annual Teacher of the year reception at Letourneau University to honor 22 local school Teachers of the Year. Among the list of teachers included:
Bryan Warren from J.L Everhart Elementary School
Sylverlene Williams from Forest Park Middle School
Renea Farley from Pine Tree Elementary School
Jessica Riggs from Pine Tree High School
Julie Edney, Spring Hill Primary School
Sharon Ann Redman, from Spring Hill High School
Other teachers included: Annie Heflin, Gilmer Intermediate School; Angie Jones, Gilmer HS; Shelby Rockett, Weldon Intermediate School Gladewater; Danielle Adamson, Gladewater Middle School; Dawn Mohler, Hallsville ES; Cody Farrell, Hallsville HS; LouAnn Morris, Harleton ES; Lou Krudewig, Harleton HS; Linda Willeford, New Diana ES; George Little, New Diana HS, Jaye Burns, Sabine ES, Jennifer Davis, Sabine HS, Teresa Beazley, Tatum Primary School; Kin Bryan, Tatum HS; Kendra Busha, White Oak Primary and Mellissa Henry White Oak Middle School.
Smiles covered the faces of teachers, family, and staff as the program kicked off with Ms. Marty Lane’s prayer. GLOBE Co-Chair, Fred Jennings gave a brief history of Globe. He said, “Twenty-seven years ago in 1989 GLOBE was created to ensure a great curriculum for students and great teachers to deliver such a challenging curriculum.”
“I never would have dreamed I could be Teacher of the Year,” said a teary-eyed Renea Farley. “I am very honored and thankful for this blessing.” A teacher’s professional duties may extend beyond formal teaching. Bryan Warren, J.L. Everhart 3rd grade teacher summed it up best; “A teacher holds the single most important task of the world, shaping the future. It is my strong belief that it’s a point when the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher true learning takes place.”
Ms. Sharon Ann Redman was surprised at the award. She spoke with great zeal. “Make sure you have a passion for helping others and students to be the best they can be” said a passionate Ms. Redman.
Ms. Julie Edney from Spring Hill primary School concurs. “It is about the children and what you can do to inspire them.”
A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. “I am a planter, a seed sower and a harvest reaper, a steward whose reward is great. Teaching is more than a profession; it is a form of stewardship, a careful management of the impressionable minds,” said Globe Teacher of the Year Sylverlene Williams, Forest Park Middle School. “A humbling experience with the greatest challenges of the sweetest rewards, I boldly go where others fear to go. Only those who dare drive the world forward do this- I dare to be a teacher, I dare to drive the minds of my students.”