An 8th grade language arts teacher in
On Friday, Shannon Duffy, a teacher at
Congressman Lamar Smith was in attendance to give Duffy her $5,000 award and present the school with a $500 award to be spend on students.
“I was nominated by a student I had two to three years ago,” Duffy said. This type of recognition is an affirmation that some of the things I’m doing in the classroom matter to my kids, years later.”
Duffy, who’s teaching style is to teach kids how to think; instead of what to think, says she does not think teaching to standardized test is the right way to approach teaching.
“On the first day of school, I want to learn as much about their goals as I can,” Duffy said. “because my goal is to put each one of them further toward their goals… and when they see that that’s authentic they will work so hard for you.”
As for her $5,000 reward, she plans on using it on something practical.
“For a teacher, that’s a lot of money…. But I think I’m going to put hardwood floors in the entire first floor of my house,” Duffy said laughing.