“Always Expect More Of Aggie Teachers” Award
Grant Simpson, the 2008 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, was presented with the Always Expect More of Aggie Teachers Award by Dennie Smith, professor and head of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture.
“He exemplifies a commitment to students for teaching and learning that serves as a model for all teachers,” Smith said.
Simpson, a 2002 graduate from the College of Education and Human Development, teaches fourth grade at Hidden Lakes Elementary School in Keller Independent School District. Simpson was also selected as the 2003 Texas Student Teacher of the Year.
According to Simpson, an important component of building a strong learning environment is developing a sense of community in the classroom.
“I believe that the only way to reach and teach the whole child is to let the relationships you forge drive your classroom,” he said. “We have too much going on in our lives to ignore for eight hours a day. In my class we learn about life and about each other; we learn about love and in doing so, we learn plenty of our curriculum as well.”
The Always Expect More of Aggie Teachers Award recognizes innovation and best practices for Aggie teachers. Current students are also eligible for the award based on accomplishment. Individuals are nominated for the award by professors, teachers, principals or students.