Archive for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Teacher recognized for excellence a second time

May 20, 2009

Nancy Perry’s ambition has always been to be a Spanish teacher.

Perry, De Soto High School Spanish teacher, received the De Soto Teacher Association’s Teacher of Excellence Award for the high school this year.

The Teacher of Excellence Award is given to a recipient at each school within the district once a year.

“My father traveled quite a lot to South America and Mexico so growing up I had the fantastic opportunities to visit many Hispanic countries. My ambition has always been to be in the teaching field and Spanish in particular,” she said.

Perry said she was contacted by a representative for DTA then told she would be receiving the award.

“I was thrilled for sure,” she said. “This is the second time I have been awarded this honor since I have been at DHS. The Teacher of Excellence award is great honor to receive and makes me especially proud to teach both in the USD 232 District and at De Soto High School.”

Perry said as a recipient she would continue to search out new ways of adding excitement in learning, thinking outside the box and helping every student achieve in the classroom.

“Teaching provides an opportunity to help students succeed. I’m always thrilled when I see students’ excitement when they realize they can communicate in another language,” she said.

Before teaching at De Soto High School, Perry taught Spanish in Seoul, South Korea and London. She also taught biology and civics in Oklahoma.

Perry also served as director of education for the American Royal for more than 10 years before returning to the classroom as a teacher.

Perry said one thing she’s learned from being a teacher is the importance of patience.

“Students learn at different rates and I have learned that patience is a fabulous virtue to have,” she said.

Being involved in the district has also helped Perry as a teacher.

“There are many internal resources (in De Soto),” she said. “Utilize your fellow teachers, learning coach and colleagues. Plus get involved. Attend school functions, students appreciate seeing teachers at athletic, music and school events.”

The best part of being a teacher for Perry is the opportunity students have with success.

“Teaching provides an opportunity to help students succeed,” she said. “I’m always thrilled when I see students’ excitement when they realize they can communicate in another language.”

While recognizing this year’s winners at the Board of Education May 18, Nikki Leisten, DTA president, said Teacher of Excellence recipients exemplify outstanding teachers, they are considerate, friendly, give 100 percent or more. A plaque is given to the teacher and one will be displayed in their building

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