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Northeast Times | June 20, 2019

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LSES, KHS Teachers Named 2018-19 Keller ISD Teachers Of The Year

LSES, KHS Teachers Named 2018-19 Keller ISD Teachers Of The Year

Keller ISD has named Mindy Ingram, Third Grade Teacher at Lone Star Elementary, as the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Brian Ketcham, Technical Theatre Director at Keller High, as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

The District celebrated its Top Ten Teacher of the Year Finalists at the Keller ISD Education Foundation’s Rooted Gala on April 12. Each of Keller ISD’s 42 campuses named a Teacher of the Year for their school and after an application review process, five elementary (PreK-6) and five secondary (7-12) teachers were named finalists, and announced at a Breakfast Celebration March 7. The District Teachers of the Year were selected after an interview process with District administrators and past honorees.

Mindy Ingram has taught for 10 years, and been in Keller ISD at Lone Star Elementary for three. She serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee of Teachers, her Campus Instructional Leadership Team, and the Keller ISD Curriculum and Instruction Long-Range Facility Sub-Committee. She has also been honored with the Innovative Teachers Inspiring Studens (IT’S) Award in Keller ISD for creating authentic learning experiences for her students.

“Learning occurs in the struggle, and great outcomes come from risk-takers,” Ingram says. “Throughout my career in education, I’ve witnessed the positive impact that occurs when you empower your students. We take the time to set goals in my class, but we don’t stop there. We monitor and reflect on our goals, which has been an amazing practice that has transformed how my students have learned and grown.”

Learn more about Mrs. Ingram’s classroom environment and the relationships she’s built with her students in this video.

Brian Ketcham has taught for 13 years, all of them in Keller ISD. Prior to teaching Technical Theatre at Keller High, he was a History teacher at Hillwood and Timberview Middle Schools. This is his second time being named a Campus Teacher of the Year, earning the title in 2010-11 at HMS and moving on as a Top Ten Finalist the same year. He’s been named Keller Citizen’s Best Teacher in 2015, the Bill and Melinda Gates Teacher in Action in 2016, and won a Keller ISD IT’S Award in 2018. In addition to his work in the classroom, Ketcham has sponsored annual trips for students to Washington, D.C., during his History-teaching tenure, and now to New York City for theatre students.

As a message to fellow teachers, Ketcham says, “Teaching is the best profession there is. It might be trite, but it is true. Our students’ potential for success is so exciting and each new school year presents new challenges and new potential successes. Give yourself permission to dream, and fuel your kids’ dreams, too.”

Watch the video to hear Mr. Ketcham share more about how he supports his students both in the classroom and in life.

Ingram and Ketcham will now represent Keller ISD in the Region 11 Teacher of the Year contest.

Congratulations to the Top Ten Finalists for 2018-19:

Elementary Finalists (PreK-6th Grade)
Dawn Arrington | Bear Creek Intermediate, 5th Grade Math
Reagan Dickeson | Liberty Elementary, Kindergarten
Christy Goff | Parkwood Hill Intermediate, 6th Grade Language Arts
Mindy Ingram | Lone Star Elementary, 3rd Grade
Brandi Lund | Timberview Middle, 5th Grade Science/Social Studies

Secondary Finalists (7th-12th Grade)
Ruben Castanuela | Fossil Hill Middle, Choir
Kathy Goree | Indian Springs Middle, 7th Grade Language Arts
Brian Ketcham | Keller High, Theatre
Jed Maus | Keller Middle, Band
Rachel Sanchez | Keller Learning Center, 7th-8th Grade Core Subjects