FBISD’s Shaughn Thomas spends busy year as District Teacher of the Year (6/3/19)
FORT BEND ISD (June 3, 2019) – The 2018-19 school year flew by, especially for Shaughn Thomas, Fort Bend ISD’s 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year. He spent it not only teaching his students but also learning from other educators.
Like years past, his work with his AVID students has been his focus. In AVID, students are taught skills and strategies for success in high school and college. With his Invest in Yourself group, Thomas’s students continued their work teaching financial literacy to other students in FBISD, community members, and even gave a presentation to District administrators.
But as a Teacher of the Year, he was able to meet with teachers across the District to learn and hone his skills for even greater success.
“This has been an incredible year! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have served as the District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. This year has taught me so much, and being able to see the dedication and passion of our educators has been a huge inspiration to me and has pushed me to strive for greatness,” said Thomas.
Thomas also earned a number of local, state and national awards and honors over the school year, including the Mary McLeod Outstanding Teacher Award by the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). He was named a Semi-Finalist in the 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award and a 2018 Texas Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist. He also received the Norwegian Cruise “Giving Joy” Award, which included a free seven-day cruise to anywhere the cruise line sails, and the Mister Car Wash “Teachers Who Shine” Award.
This summer, Thomas will join a small group of educators from across the country for the Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford in Michigan, as a Teacher Innovator Award recipient. The award recognizes teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of learning from failure while remaining curious. These educators will enjoy behind-the-scenes tours with museum curators and archivists and a teaching innovation workshop.
Thomas credits knowing his “why” for the growth he sees in his students; it helps him to stay focused and make learning fun and engaging for his students. It’s also the advice he would share with new educators as they embark on their teaching careers.
“Remember, it is our job to inspire our students to dream beyond their situation, equip them with the tools necessary to become successful, and imagine the endless possibilities they have if the work is put in,” said Thomas.