November Teacher of the Month: Lauren Stevens

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 November 2017 at Sam Houston Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Mr. Jerry Hancock, is Lauren Stevens, first-grade teacher.

"It is my pleasure to introduce Ms. Lauren Stevens are the Teacher of the Month from Sam Houston Elementary. We are fortunate to have several candidates that we could have nominated," said Mr. Hancock in nominating Lauren. "Ms. Stevens is, however, a standout when it comes to relationships with her students and having a highly rigorous classroom. Despite this being her first year teaching, Ms. Stevens is skillfully managing her students learning and they are growing exponentially for it. Ms. Stevens’ warm personality and rapport with students is excellent. She can best be described as approachable, loyal, dedicated, knowledgeable, and inspiring. She displays many fine personal and professional qualities that are instrumental in her ability to meet the needs of the students she serves. Ms. Stevens is Teacher of the Month because she treats every student with the kindness and respect each one deserves while making sure they are educated to the fullest extent possible every day. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Lauren on our campus."

stevensTeacher: Lauren Stevens

Hometown/High School: Crandall, TX/Crandall HS

College/Degree Earned: B.S. Psychology, East Texas Baptist University

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: First Grade

Family: Parents, Lisa and Mark Stevens

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: Crochet, make wreaths, blog

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I worked at South Marshall STEM Academy with Ms. Johnson as a work-study student. During this time I was able to work one-on-one with kindergarten and first-grade students with Reading and Math. When I heard one of the students I was helping say 'I’m an independent reader!', it showed me how rewarding teaching can be as a profession."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "I would say to be an advocate and to create a safe environment for my students. To understand their strengths and weaknesses and fight for the best for them when a problem arises. To make my classroom somewhere they are safe emotionally, mentally, socially, and physically."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"Mrs. Kerns, my fourth-grade teacher; Mrs. Croker, my ninth-grade Biology teacher; and Ms. Schumpert, my ninth-grade Geometry teacher; and Ms. Johnson, for guiding me career-wise at South Marshall STEM Academy."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching and serving specifically at your campus?: "Everyone is like family and everyone helps one another. My first grade team is the best! Even though I just entered the team this year, they treat me as though they’ve known me for years. They are always so helpful and willing to guide me through my first year of teaching."

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "I hope to gain my masters in either counseling or education in order to further develop my teaching craft. I would also like to become an advocate for education and mental illness in the government."
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