For Carrie Becker, her day as a teacher does not begin when the bell rings. Becker is one of the first faces Lamar Middle School students see when they arrive before school in Flower Mound. She serves as the morning supervisor for students, in addition to her role as the middle school Technology Education teacher.
Becker said being at campus early gives her the opportunity to meet and help students who aren’t in her class.
“It is valuable time I get to spend with students,” Becker said. “I usually help them with homework and just encourage them however I can. I want students to know I care about them. It is important to equip students with the skills and knowledge to succeed; however, I believe it is equally important for students to know I am in their corner, every day, all the time.”
It is her enthusiasm and care that motivated LMS AVID Teacher and Girls Coach Samantha Montano to nominate Becker for the state award.
“When we were looking at who to nominate, her name was the first that came to mind,” Montano said. “She desires for others to feel recognized and appreciated for their efforts and enjoys celebrating other’s successes. Her colleagues feel it, and her students feel it too.”
Becker was honored as the Secondary Educator of the Year this summer at the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) annual Summit in Austin, TX. The award acknowledges educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership and innovation.
In her 18th year of teaching, Becker believes creating an environment where students can thrive and take control of their learning is crucial.
“Teaching allows me the opportunity to make change for the future,” Becker said. “I want to motivate and inspire students to be life-long learners. My hope is that students learn to be compassionate, have fun, and be respectful in their lives.”
LMS Principal Rebecca Clark said Becker’s desire for student success transcends the classroom.
“Ms. Becker is the first one to volunteer to assist her peers and offer additional help to students,” Clark said. “She serves as the sponsor for a number of student activities including Yearbook, Robotics Club and the Math Team. She dedicates a great deal of time to supporting these kids outside the school day. She is very deserving of this award and we are proud to have her represent Lamar.”
The LISD Board Trustees will honor Becker at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on September 12.