Ms. June Named MHS Teacher of the Year
Ms. June named MHS Teacher of the Year for 2017!
Ms. June grew up outside of Austin and graduated from Lake Travis High School, where she was involved with Student Council, NHS, track, and cross country. After high school, she went to Texas A&M, where she was a member of Chi Omega, a fish camp counselor for three years, and a director for CARPOOL. She graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, but knew she wanted to follow her mother’s footsteps and venture into the wonderful world of education. She started her teaching career at Mansfield High School in 2010 as a physics teacher and has been here ever since! She loves her job, getting to know the students, and having the chance to come up with new ideas that will help make every student’s time in high school the best it can possibly be! This year Ms. June has been a senior class co-sponsor where she has been able to put her ideas to fruition and help bring fun and exciting changes to Mansfield High School, ensuring a great and memorable year for all seniors. Ms. June loves to make her classroom a place where all students enjoy being, and has a running theory that nobody can look at bubbles and NOT smile, so bubbles are a staple in her classroom!
When asked about teaching, Ms. June had this to say:
“I may be a physics teacher, but I teach so much more than physics. I think a great teacher is one who recognizes that the job is about more than teaching a particular subject: it's about using that subject to teach life. Imagine every student is a lump of clay. Elementary school teachers are the first ones to really start molding students into good citizens; they take those lumps and start giving them a shape. Intermediate and middle school teachers define that shape. But high school teachers are the last ones to touch that clay, the ones that put the finishing touches on it. Because most of my students are juniors, I know that my finishing touches are some of the last they'll get before they are sent off into society on their own.
I use physics to teach them about life outside of school walls, so that when they leave, they'll be better prepared. I encourage them to collaborate and work together, so they'll know how to work with others. I encourage them to try something they aren't sure of, even if they fail, so they'll know it's okay to fail. I encourage them to not give up on a problem, so they'll know hard work pays off. I encourage them to come to tutoring or to just raise their hand, so they'll know it's okay to ask for help. To me, it's okay if they leave the tiny community of my classroom never wanting to do another physics problem, just as long as they are more prepared to be a part of that larger community we call society.”
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