Elementary-December

Reagan Fox Recognized as Elementary New Teacher of the Month at HISD
Posted on 12/21/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Reagan Fox Recognized as Elementary New Teacher of the Month at HISDReagan Fox was recognized as the Elementary New Teacher of the Month during the December monthly professional development session at Hempstead ISD. As a new teacher of the month at Hempstead ISD, she received a #risktaker t-shirt donated by MaBisha Stubblefield (Bisha’s Bling), a Mary Kay gift bag donated by Jackie Craver and a certificate to display in her room.

“I am humbled by this award,” said Fox. “Loving and teaching other people’s children is my great privilege,” she said. “Thank you for sharing your children with me!”

Fox is a new teacher at Hempstead Elementary who currently teaches 3rd Grade Math/Science ESL. “Ms. Fox has an energy that lights up the classroom,” said Melissa Skinner, HISD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “She is dedicated to increasing our 3rd graders mathematical knowledge as well as language acquisition,” said Skinner. “We are blessed to have Ms. Fox join the HISD team! ”

“Her passion for teaching shines forth,” said Vera Cleveland, 3-5 Reading/Math Coach. According to Cleveland, Mrs. Fox’s students get so excited about learning because they enjoy the engaging activities she has for them. “The most impressive thing with her students is hearing them communicating with the academic vocabulary,” said Cleveland. “They are learning the content and then able to have academic discussions with their peers.”

After being a homemaker for 10 years, Fox is a first year teacher through the alternative certification program. Being from South Texas and a rural 3A school like George West, she said that small schools are where her heart is.

Fox earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio and said that teaching is a second career. Prior to marriage, she had a career in marketing and admissions for Long-Term Care facilities. She is married to Dwayne and has three boys Walker (8), Warner (6), and Wagner (4) who attend HISD schools.

Congratulations Reagan Fox for being recognized as a New Teacher of the Month at Hempstead ISD!
Valerie Minor was recognized as the Elementary New Teacher of the Month during the October monthly professional development session at Hempstead ISD. As a new teacher of the month at Hempstead ISD, she received a #risktaker t-shirt donated by MaBisha Stubblefield (Bisha’s Bling) and a certificate to display in her room.

“I am honored and overjoyed that my peers chose me for this award,” said Minor. “I love teaching and watching kids grow and enjoy learning new things.”

Minor is a new teacher at Hempstead Elementary who currently teaches 2nd grade. “Ms. Minor always seeks to learn more about her grade level standards to increase student achievement,” said Melissa Skinner, HISD Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “She is willing to come to professional development and has a positive attitude.”

“Ms. Valerie Minor has taken to Hempstead Elementary School and her second grade students like a duck to water,” said Kristy Eckermann, K-2 Reading/Math Coach. According to Eckermann, Minor attends every professional development opportunity that fits within her schedule and works steadily to build a relationship with students and peers that fosters a community of learning for all. “She is admired for her work ethic, attention to individual student needs, and her positive attitude,” said Eckermann. “Ms. Minor is truly an asset to HISD!”

Minor earned both her bachelor and master degrees from Lamar University in Arts and Science. Prior to taking a teaching position at Hempstead ISD, Minor taught for four years at Headstart in Navasota and spent five years as an Instructional Aide for Navasota ISD.

Congratulations Valerie Minor for being recognized as a New Teacher of the Month at Hempstead ISD!