Thomas named state winner, advances to national consideration
FORT BEND ISD (June 19, 2020) - Shaughn Thomas, the District’s 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year and a Master math teacher at Missouri City Middle School, has been named the Texas state winner for the 2020 Sanford Teacher Award, receiving a $10,000 cash prize. He, along with the other state and D.C. finalists, now advance to be considered for the $50,000 national grand prize.
The Sanford Teacher Award celebrates educators who build and support their students’ social-emotional needs, create a culture of inclusion and motivate students to succeed through engagement and inspiration.
“We become educators to make an impact on the lives of our students. So being recognized as one of the top educators in the nation means a lot to me. I am truly honored that the work that my students and I have put in has been noticed,” says Thomas.
After being nominated for the award, teachers were asked to share how they empower their students and create an environment for engagement. Thomas wrote that, for him, learning must be enjoyable and that teachers should work to instill a growth mindset in their students. His classroom is filled with flexible seating options and he incorporates technology wherever he can, in order to meet his students where they are. Even in light of the current pandemic, he was pleased to see how his students responded to the changes in the school day.
“Teaching during the pandemic has been unorthodox to say the least. But one of the positives is that I saw how our students showed perseverance. They were able to adjust to the situation and still rise to the challenge. I actually think that we teachers were more stressed out than the students,” says Thomas.