She later taught English at Palo Duro High School, and as the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, worked to shape the conversation in this country about working with students in poverty.
She now serves as the secondary English language arts curriculum specialist for Amarillo ISD.
The Pine Tree Education Foundation established the annual Beacon Awards and Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award for the purpose of recognizing district employees who have made a life changing impression on a student during their time in Pine Tree schools.
The Beacon Award Winners and The Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award Winner and Teachers of the Year are honored at the annual PT Honors Banquet.
Actually, no — one kid took the pass and didn’t come back until the next day.
But that was because he was an English language learner on his second day who didn’t quite understand that it’s not meant as a “go home in the middle of the school day” pass.
Simple things like extending the same courtesies to them as we would want for ourselves.
I’m always so appreciative of professional development presenters who take the time to tell you where the coffee, water fountains, and bathrooms are. As teachers, we have to be willing to be the first to extend trust. Shanna Peeples’ teaching career, all in Title I schools, began as a seventh grade writing teacher at Horace Mann Middle School in Amarillo, Texas.
Don’t get up without permission, don’t talk without permission, don’t turn and look out the window without permission, and for Pete’s sake, don’t you put your head down on your desk and act like you’re tired because you were up all night at the hospital with your father who just had a heart attack.
Trust is a thing we create through small daily interactions.