Teacher education alum receives First Class Teacher award

Posted June 22, 2012

Teacher education alum Stacy Bryan ('11) has received the First Class Teacher award from Mesquite Independent School District for her exemplary performance as a first-year teacher. 

Bryan credits her ACU education for this achievement. "Although I am proud of my hard work, I am so grateful for the teaching foundation I received at ACU," she says. "That foundation not only taught me how to be an excellent teacher, but established confidence in me. So many times my professors could have given up on me. Instead, they continued to pour out encouragement, affirmation and a bit of tough love. My successful year was a true testament to the Department of Teacher Education."

Among 200 new hires in Mesquite Independent School District this year, Bryan was chosen as one of 20 teachers for this honor.  First-year teachers were rated by their colleagues and principals based on their dedication to their students, communication with parents and staff, and going beyond the district's expectations for teachers. 

Bryan taught in a kindergarten classroom at Grey Elementary School in Mesquite. "My first year included all the humor and challenges most first-year teachers go through, including a two-hour tornado duck-and-cover drill. I enjoyed every minute with my kiddos and even found myself missing them on the weekends. In my classroom, it is important that I establish a positive climate and a good rapport with my students."

Bryan plans on teaching kindergarten at Rutherford Elementary School in Mesquite next year and looks forward to investing in the lives of children for many years to come.

Learn more about ACU's Department of Teacher Education.