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Teacher of the Day

Name:  Trenece Myers

School: Duryea Elementary

Subject: Math and Science

State:  Texas

What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

I was inspired at a very young age, by an extremely unique individual; my mother. She was the best teacher ever. The passion she displayed when she presented a lesson, as well as the compassion she felt about each one of her students was amazing. She has been an amazing mentor and leader to many teachers that desired to be just like her. I was one of them. As a second career in my life, I knew that my inner passion was to be just like my mom, by having an opportunity to touch as many lives as I could. Throughout the years, she has inspired so many. As a leader, she has had more of an impact than she probably realizes. In a few months, she will retire as an elementary principal, and she will be celebrated for her many years of inspiration and excellence.

How are things different for you now, compared to when you first started teaching?

This is my 7th year teaching, and things have changed so much in such a short time. It has also seemed like the focus of teaching has been placed more and more on passing state exams rather than allowing the gifts and talents of a teacher to flourish within the classroom.

What advice would you give to a new or struggling teacher?

The best advice I could provide a new or a struggling teacher would be to ask questions. All questions are good questions. The only dumb question is the one that goes unasked. I would suggest learning as much as you can from experienced teachers who are positive and willing to help others. It is encouraged to spend some time observing master teachers, to see what works well in their classroom and then tailor what you observe to fit into your own room.

My best day in the classroom was when…

I was teaching my heart out, and I looked over towards the door and saw my education instructor smiling at me. She hugged me and expressed how proud of me she was and how much I've grown over the years. That was an amazing feeling.

The best compliment I ever received was...

when a parent said to me, as her son was ending his year, "I was the teacher they prayed for." He had always had a hard time in school academically, behaviorally and emotionally and I took the time to get to know her son and I made a true impression on his life. Even after three years of him being a part of my class, he still speaks highly of my class and the difference I made. That is my goal every day; to make a difference in the lives of my students.

What's your favorite part of the school year?

My favorite part of the school year happens to also be the saddest; the last day of school. My school has a tradition where all of the staff stands along the bus ramp and waves our students off into their summer vacation. Many of the students are crying, the staff is usually crying tears of sadness and tears of joy at the same time. You also get to look back on how much your students have grown over the past year.

What is your one must-have item for the classroom?


What do you eat for breakfast on school days?

A nice hot cup of strong coffee with caramel fat free creamer.

What movie or TV show do you secretly love?

Hoarders-Buried Alive


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