Stacey Barringer is a kindergarten teacher at Western Hills Primary.
She earned bachelor's degree in education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has taught for 23 years. As a kindergarten teacher, Ms. Barringer recognizes the responsibility of serving at the starting point of her students’ formal education and makes an effort to identify and support both the academic and social emotional needs of each student.
She aims to craft an environment where her students know that they are safe, respected, loved, and challenged to be the best individual they can be.
Andrew McKenzie is a fourth-grade teacher at North Hi Mount Elementary School.
He earned his doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas and has 17 years of teaching experience.
Dr. McKenzie began his teaching career through the Teach For America program in East Los Angeles. Dr. McKenzie strives to build an inclusive classroom community where all students know that they are valued members and aims to empower his students with new tools, skills, intellectual curiosity, and the confidence to meet any challenge they may face.
Isabel Moore is a fourth-grade reading and writing teacher at Charles E. Nash Elementary School.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University, her master's degree in education from Dallas Baptist University and has taught for 24 years. As a child, her lifelong dream was to be a bilingual teacher and help students like herself.
Ms. Moore believes that teachers must build a student’s confidence and work with their individual learning abilities to ensure that they can achieve their goals. The “lightbulb” moments her students experience after they have struggled is her greatest reward.
Lauren Ruth is a first-grade teacher at Bonnie Brae Elementary School.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Trinity University and has nine years of teaching experience. Ms. Ruth began her teaching career through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme, which ignited her passion for working with students and watching their growth.
An avid athlete, Ms. Ruth shares her love for fitness by hosting yoga practices for faculty and coaching students at the Cowtown 5K every year. She believes that when students feel safe, healthy and loved, learning follows.
Laurie Stillwell is a librarian at Burton Hill Elementary School.
She earned her master's degree of library science from Sam Houston State University and has 23 years of teaching experience. Ms. Stillwell is a fourth-generation teacher and has brought her love of students and reading to Burton Hill Elementary for 19 years.
Her guiding principle is that learning should be interactive on all levels, and she prides herself that even her tech-savvy students still ask her what “board story” will be read that week. Her greatest reward is to build up her students and watch them succeed.
Alexandra Checka is a seventh-grade English teacher at Applied Learning Academy.
She earned her master's degree of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and master degree in English from Middlebury College. Her instruction is driven by the firm belief in the power of literature to allow students to develop a rich interior life.
She values her students as thinkers and aims to show them the skills they need to make their ideas shine. Her students know that she not only expects the best of them, but also that she cares about them as people.
Megan Ngo is an eighth-grade science and biology teacher at W.P. McLean Middle School.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Texas Wesleyan University and has taught for seven years. She believes that a science lesson should serve to entertain and engage the audience, as there is a potential career path behind every lesson.
Her goal is to ensure that students do not feel like science is foreign or frightening, and that they learn to welcome rigor and embrace challenges. Ms. Ngo aims to fill the workforce with scientists who believe anything is possible.
Zachary Reimer is a social studies teacher at Polytechnic High School.
He earned his bachelor's degree in international studies from American University, his master's degree in history from the University of Texas at Arlington and has taught for nine years. Zachary aims to “teach people, not history.” He takes pride in serving as a counselor, life coach, and cheerleader for his students when necessary.
Recently, one of his students asked Mr. Reimer “how to become a good man.” When he asked the student what that meant to the them, the student replied, “I guess I mean - how do I become a good man like you?”
Orion Smith is a social studies teacher at Arlington Heights High School.
He earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary social science from Michigan State University and has taught for eight years. Mr. Smith began his career as a software developer and has used his software skills to create academic programs, including a virtual economic simulation and software to help students study.
He hopes his lessons create good students, good citizens, and good people. He aims to always “work smarter and harder,” so that his students are inspired to do the same.
Samuel Wilson is a history teacher at Southwest High School.
He earned his bachelor and master's degrees in history from the University of Texas at Arlington and has taught for 17 years. Samuel feels that the role of a teacher is to be a facilitator; teachers should enable students to become responsible for their own learning.
He believes that greater diversity leads to increases in the breadth and depth of learning, and that the diversity in Fort Worth ISD makes our District one of the most enjoyable and exciting places to work.
LOCAL TV PERSONALITIES READ TO STUDENTS AT EASTERN HILLS ES
Students at Eastern Hills Elementary were face to face this week with representations of just how far reading can take you.
On Tuesday, April 17, eight TV news personalities from NBC 5 (KXAS) and Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX-TV) visited classrooms at the school and read to third-grade students and dual language kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms. The visit was a joint partnership of the Fort Worth ISD, Read Fort Worth, NBC 5 and Telemundo.
The journalists chatted with students about the books they read, their jobs in TV news and how important reading is to the students’ future successes.
Katy Blakey, an NBC 5 anchor, said she was pleased to see the joy students at Eastern Hills Elementary have for reading.
“If they can do this well and learn how to read and have a passion for reading, it will take them wherever they want to go,” she said.
Principal Whitney Scott said she’s hopeful her students see the excitement the TV news reporters and anchors have for reading and that they adopt the same mindset. From kindergarten to third-grade, children are learning to read, and it takes a community effort to ensure children are reading on grade level, she said. The TV personalities are a representation of where reading can take these students, Ms. Scott said.
Thank you to the 50 eighth-grade students participating in the LeaderKids program, who joined 35 community volunteers, Tuesday, April 17, to complete a service beautification project for Fort Worth ISD’s Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School. The group completed wooden benches, an outdoor classroom, an outside mural on the gym depicting the school mascot, a reading nook with an emphasis on the enjoyment of reading and another highlighting the importance of higher education. Read more about the service project here.