Texas State Teacher of the Year, 2014
Monica Washington is an English III and AP English III teacher at Texas High School where she serves as department chair.
She has been in education for seventeen years and has taught grades 7-12. She began her teaching career in 1998 in Memphis, TN and moved to Texas in 2007 with her husband Ricky, a native Texan who is a sixth grade social studies teacher.
Monica believes that a teacher’s greatest accomplishments are those things that cannot be typed on a resume or measured by statistical data: the ability to inspire, to mentor, to engage students are immeasurable but most vital qualities.
The best teachers, according to Monica, are those who are students in their own classrooms—guiding students by learning and problem-solving with students. In addition, she has a passion for mentoring beginning teachers. She wants to demonstrate to all teachers the importance of building positive relationships with students to create a foundation for academic growth.
She is honored to serve as the 2014 Texas Teacher Of The Year, a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow, and a 2015 Lowell Milken as it has allowed her to travel and serve as a voice for teachers across the country.
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We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.
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with Monica Washington
Monica Washington, 2014 Texas State Teacher of the Year, shares how she builds vibrant learning experiences for all students by extending learning from the classroom into the world.
with Michael Skomba
Michael Skomba shares how he uses driving questions and project/problem-based learning to make history come alive for students of all backgrounds.
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with Monica Washington
Helping students to improve their understanding of texts through analytical reading.