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Six Alumni Named Teaching Excellence Chairs

The Fort Worth Independent School District’s Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence program recognizes outstanding classroom teachers in a public secondary school setting. This year, six TCU graduates are chairs for 2017-18 and will each receive a $5,000 honorarium.

The selection process to become an academic chair includes an extensive application, recommendations from peers and administrators, interviews with the judging committee and a teaching demonstration.

The Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence program has recognized outstanding classroom teachers each year since 1994. Teachers selected as chairs are encouraged to pursue further education and training and share knowledge and expertise with colleagues.

Alumni named academic chairs are as follows:

Lisa Attaway
Bruce Shulkey Elementary School
Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education
B.S. in Education

Carlee Byrd
Burton Hill Elementary School
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading
B.A. in Philosophy, B.S. in Political Science

Michelle Clementson
Daggett Montessori School
Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education
M.A. in Secondary Education

Jay Kurima
Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
Devon Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science
B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S.E. in Science Education

Sarah Martin
M.H. Moore Elementary School
Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math
B.S. in Elementary Education

Rachel Wade
Arlington Heights High School
Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Theater & Dance
B.F.A. in Modern Dance

William L. & Betty F. Adams Chair of Education Molly Weinburgh has served on the Devon Energy Chair for Secondary Science for 11 years; Associate Professor Sarah Quebec Fuentes has served on multiple committees since 2010; and Assistant Professor Hayat Hokayem served on the Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary STEM committee this year. The judging committees choose winners through a rigorous selection process, including an application, interviews and teaching observation.

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