Congratulations to Lebanon Trail High School teacher Whitney Kelley who was named the Secondary Teacher of Excellence by the North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (NTCTELA).
This award is presented in recognition of her outstanding service, instruction and leadership in English Language Arts education.
Kelley joined Frisco ISD in the 2019-20 school year and has relished the opportunity to refine her craft as an English AP Language and AP Seminar teacher under the direction of Lebanon Trail Principal Jake Duce.
“Ms. Kelley truly has such a passion for education, a love for the English curriculum and a desire to see her students grow and develop,” Duce said. “It has been such a pleasure to observe how she positively shapes and affects those around her on a daily basis as she teaches and plans.”
Kelley is proud to have been nominated by her peers and is thankful for the opportunity to empower her students with the gift of language.
“AP Language is a ‘life course’ that helps students decode what others are saying, while providing them the tools to say it back and influence those around them,” Kelley said. “Once students have the power of reading, writing, sharing and interpreting the language, they are unstoppable.”
During the nomination process, a number of her former students and their parents shared insight on the difference she has made as an educator.
“Of all the teachers, role models and mentors I’ve had in my life, Ms. Kelley is perhaps the toughest critic, but also the biggest supporter,” said former student Hatty Nguyen. “It’s difficult to describe the effect Ms. Kelley has had on my life, and the lives of so many of my peers, but her commitment to literacy and her dedication to her students is blatantly obvious to all who know and love her.”
In her class, Kelley emphasizes the importance of making progress while not striving for perfection.
“If you’re looking for progress, you can be successful every day,” Kelley said. “If you strive for perfection, you will never reach it.”
Kelley treats her students as if they were her own children and aims to provide them tools for future success.
“As an educator, I have the opportunity to teach personal responsibility, accountability, attention to details, interpersonal skills, intentionality and so much more,” Kelley said.
Kelley will be recognized for the prestigious Secondary Teacher of Excellence award at the NTCTELA conference in the summer of 2021.
Congratulations to Whitney Kelley who clearly loves her profession and her students.