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Teachers deserve the limelight

September 26, 2018

There are countless unsung heroes in our public school classrooms and it is always gratifying to see one of the many in our own community singled out for their exceptional efforts.

Congratulations are in order for Jeff Wheatcraft, an eighth-grade science teacher at Alamo Heights Junior School. He was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year recently. He was awarded the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching last year.

Wheatcraft has been a teacher for 12 years and has spent the last six at Alamo Height ISD where he is the district’s science, technology, engineering and math coordinator. He entered the teaching profession through an alternative certification program intending to teach art. Instead, he went on to earn a science certification and develop a much sought after STEM program.

We wish Wheatcraft luck as he moves on to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year Competition.

Regrettably, the good work taking place in the classroom is often overshadowed by other issues, such as budget crunches. The only public recognition many schools receive for their extraordinary efforts comes with the annual release of state accountability test scores.

There are not just enough awards to adequately call attention to all the individuals who work tirelessly each day with no expectation of huge financial rewards to provide young Texans a quality education.

A good teacher can make a world of difference in a student’s life.

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