Alamo Heights teacher is Texas Teacher of the Year
A middle-school science teacher in the Alamo Heights Independent School District is the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year, the Texas Association of State Administrators announced Friday.
Jeff Wheatcraft will represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Rhonda Peña, a fifth-grade math teacher from Mission Consolidated ISD, was named the 2019 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year but was not chosen for the overall award to advance to the national competition. San Antonio ISD preschool teacher Andrea Greimel, of the Carvajal Early Childhood Center, was one of three finalists for Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.
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Wheatcraft has taught for six years at the Alamo Heights Junior School, where he created the science, technology, engineering and math program to feed into the high school rocketry program.
“The STEM class has grown both figuratively and literally beyond the confines of the classroom we occupy,” he said in a prepared statement. “The majority of lessons are real-world problems with no definitive solution. I want students to know that there are still problems we are facing that need to be solved, and they have the skills to find solutions.”
Wheatcraft also taught for six years at Kirby Middle School in Judson ISD. He has been nominated twice for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
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