KISD: ISMS Teacher Of Year Lynn Sovereign Wins Region 11 Essay Award
Indian Springs Middle School and Keller ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Lynn Sovereign was recognized for a winning essay at the Region 11 Teacher of the Year Awards Dinner on August 2 at The Bowden.
Both Sovereign and Keller Middle School and Keller ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Victoria Sanders were honored at the special event amongst their fellow Teacher of the Year winners from Region 11 school districts.
Sovereign won for her response when asked what her message would be if she were to be named the Texas State Teacher of the Year. Part of her response reads:
“My journey to become a professional educator was not a traditional one. I don’t come from a long line of educators or educated. I haven’t known that this was what I wanted to be since childhood. Quite frankly the education system always intimidated me. Yet in spite of that I am reminded of a colorful saying that I read once on a bumper sticker, ‘I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.’ I feel the same way about education. I didn’t begin my career in education, but I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I don’t know that I have ever worked so hard or felt so heavily rewarded in any other job. I only wish that more people could spend time on campuses and in classrooms to experience what we know to be true. Our doors are always open.”
She went on to say, “I appreciate that our doors are always open. For me personally, if the doors weren’t open to the child of divorced parents, I wouldn’t be here. If the doors weren’t open to a single mother who struggled to make ends meet, I wouldn’t be here. If the doors weren’t open to learners who begin college in their 30s, I wouldn’t be here. I feel that what public school offers, that often goes unsung, is that our doors are always open.”
Congratulations to both Mrs. Sovereign and Mrs. Sanders for representing Keller ISD and their campuses as Teachers of the Year!