By Tolu Salako, BubbleLife Intern
No teacher is the same: all have their different teaching styles and personalities and use them to their advantage to make the learning experience better for their students.
AP Human Geography teacher Kelly Young was officially named Coppell High School’s 2012-13 teacher of the year. Her positive attitude and teaching style was recognized by faculty and students, and she was therefore named teacher of the year.
“Mrs. Young took a risk,” Coppell High School Principal Mike Jasso said. “She is teaching an AP Class and also takes part in the Blending Learning program. She always has her students' best interests in mind.”
Young started teaching at Coppell High School in 2010, where she taught an On-Level World History class as well as AP Human Geography. Young resumes being the AP Human Geography teacher as well as the Junior Varsity Cheerleading coach.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher,” Young said. “My grandmother and mother were teachers, and I knew I wanted to do that too. I’ve always wanted to be the teacher that inspires kids to achieve and to push themselves.”
Young found her love for teaching in high school after being inspired by her psychology professor, Dr. Walker. With the intention of teaching elementary school, Young later found her love for geography and decided to teach high school students.
The process for choosing teacher of the year is a long one, where the faculty nominates one teacher each. Later, the board chooses the four finalists, which are later narrowed down to one. The runner-ups for teacher of the year included biology teacher Laronna Dogget, drill team and dance instructor Julie Stralow, and Spanish teahcer Janine Kay.
“I was really surprised and excited when (Mr. Jasso) announced that I was teacher of the year,” Young said. “Without the help of the faculty and students, I would not have been able to have received this amazing award.”
Young’s students have loved her teaching style and found the class both challenging and intriguing.
“I had (Mrs. Young) when I was a freshman,” Coppell High School junior Gaby Rivera said. “Her class was very interesting and she always had a positive attitude. (Mrs. Young) really deserved teacher of the year, and I am so happy she won.”
Mrs. Young said that she loves working at Coppell High School and is fortunate for working with such great faculty and students.