Duncanville ISD Announces Teachers of the Year 2015

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It is with great pride that the Duncanville Independent School District announces: Elementary Teacher of the Year, Jenny McLaughlin and Secondary Teacher of the Year, Medgar Roberts.

TOY Composite 2015Jenny McLaughlin:

McLaughlin teaches 2nd grade at Hyman Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Science in General Studies/Education and a M. Ed. in Christian Education. She has been teaching for 10 years, two of those at Duncanville ISD. McLaughlin has been a team leader, planned 2nd grade math curriculum, and trained and mentored student teachers.

She says her greatest accomplishment has been reaching a student who had severe behavioral issues  and felt no one cared about him. When the school year was over, McLaughlin said, the boy came to her and said, “Thanks for giving me a chance. I love you for that. You have made me love school.”

The student ended his year on the AB Honor Roll and still keeps in touch with McLaughlin. She says, “Teaching is about reaching out to the loved, the unloved, the kind, the unkind, the knowledgeable and those who have not been in environments that foster knowledge. I learned I don’t teach subjects, I teach lives!”

Medgar Roberts:

Medgar Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a M. Ed. Administration & Supervision, is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Technology and teaches Senior English, and Creative Writing grades 9-12 at Duncanville High School.

Roberts is an Eagle Scout, National Merit Scholarship Finalist, and a Black Belt, 3rd Degree. He has mentored student teachers, was invited to be a guest lecturer at Dallas Baptist University in 2013, and is editor of the Panther Daily Journal, executive editor of the Panther Literary Magazine, and is Duncanville High School’s assistant Debate Coach. Roberts said, “I’ve had students win the State tournament, qualify for the Tournament of Champions, and I’ve had them to place highly and win significant awards at Nationals. I’ve had students go to the service academies and Ivy League schools. I’ve even been fortunate enough to be mentioned in their speeches at graduation. My greatest accomplishment, however, is represented by an email I got last year from the cousin of a former student telling me that my influence not only convinced my former student to go to college, but it convinced him to go, too.”

The teachers will now advance to the Region 10 Teacher of the Year competition in June.