CAC Teacher Qualities
This week, our students voted for this year’s Middle School and High School Teacher of the Year. It’s a great honor each year, and I absolutely love that moment when we announce it at senior chapel. Last year, I was so thrilled when Tamara Hodges and Lynnette Noble were selected because I know how deserving they both were because as a principal, I had the opportunity to see it firsthand. I knew and the students knew how invested they were in teaching, and it was fitting they were selected last year.
For the past few years, students have voted for the teacher of the year in four categories, and using a formula, the winner is determined. When students vote, they select a teacher that best exemplifies the following criteria:
- Christ-Like Attitude— Which teacher exemplifies Christ daily and is a spiritual mentor for you?
- Classroom Excellence— Which teacher brings it every day? Which teacher finds different ways to teach material and makes learning fun and enjoyable? In which teacher’s classroom do you think you learn the most?
- Positive Relationships— Which teacher do you feel has really invested in your life and your classmates’ lives? Which teacher do you feel comfortable reaching out to you when you’re struggling or need help?
- Overall Teacher of the Year— When you heard you were voting for the teacher of the year, which teacher came to mind first? Which teacher exemplifies what CAC is all about?
Sometimes students select the same teacher for each category and some choose a different teacher for each one. Either way, the results are fascinating and telling about our school. So many students have connected with so many different teachers, and it’s a testament of what teaching at CAC is all about— modeling Christ, building relationships with our students, and being the best classroom teachers we can be.
Being named the Middle School Teacher of the Year or High School Teacher of the Year is a huge honor on Mustang Mountain, and I’m looking forward to hearing it announced during senior chapel next Tuesday.