December Teacher of the Month: Montoya Turner

Each month, Marshall ISD celebrates the outstanding contributions of our faculty at our campuses to the overall educational experience of our students. These professionals work countless extra hours at home, on weekends, and over holiday breaks with one focus in mind -- to make MISD and their campus Marshall Proud and Maverick Strong for our students.

The Teacher of the Month for December 2017 at Sam Houston Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Mr. Jerry Hancock, is Montoya Turner, fourth-grade teacher.

"Mrs. Montoya Turner does an unbelievable job in the classroom building relationships with her students and challenging them academically," said Mr. Hancock. "She is always available for her students and her colleagues any day of the week. She is a very pleasant person to work with and does her best even when she may not be having the best day.

"She is so dedicated and committed to her students that even when she had a car accident on her way to work she made her way to work with little delay to make sure she did not miss her kids for that day.

"We have many worthy candidates on campus; however, it is my pleasure to announce Mrs. Montoya Turner as Sam Houston Elementary's December Teacher of the Month!"

turnerTeacher: Montoya Turner

Hometown/High School: Marshall, TX/Marshall HS

Degree Earned/College: B.S. - Elementary Education/Wiley College

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: Fourth Grade

Family: Husband, Sam Turner; Children, Kamryn Turner (MJHS) and Jaiden Turner (Sam Houston Elementary)

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "I love watching my kids play their favorite sports!"

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I knew that I wanted to be a teacher because while growing up I always loved playing school with my cousins. I also decided this was the path for me because of my grandmother Annie J. Stephens, who was also a teacher."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "The most important role as a teacher is to get my students to take control of their learning, and to help prepare them for a successful future."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"Sythia Gaut - she showed me daily that she cared for us and our futures."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching and serving specifically at Sam Houston?: "I love being at Sam Houston! I walk in every morning to staff and students who love being here just as much as I do. Everyday I get the chance to inspire and change students' lives through my teaching. Students are the future; I get the privilege of shaping and growing the minds that will one day run this country."
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