Congratulations to Horatio District and Elementary Teacher of the Year Ms. Karen Woods and Horatio High School Teacher of the Year Ms. Vickie DeVore.
Horatio High School Teacher of the Year is Vickie DeVore Ms. DeVore is currently teaching history and social studies at Horatio High School. She has been with the Horatio School District for 13 of her 27 years in education. Vickie graduated from East Texas State University with a BSE in Secondary Education with emphasis in History and then received her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education with English emphasis from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. Ms. DeVore’s Belief Statement: “My educational philosophy is basic. I am the barometer for my classroom. As an educator, I have the ability to humiliate or help...intimidate or inspire. I believe the greatest gift I can give a student is the ability to think critically. I have found that kids are kids...no matter the area or socioeconomic background. I feel it is the teacher’s responsibility to work with the individual; not only to challenge and inspire, but also to aid in their pursuit and completion of a high school course of study. Most of my teaching experience has been in private education with multiple grade and multi-subject experience. I realize that students enter a classroom with various academic abilities. Through the use of multi-intelligence instruction, I strive to meet them where they are and help them achieve.” Horatio Elementary and Horatio School District Teacher of the Year is Karen Woods Ms. Woods is currently teaching fourth grade at Horatio Elementary School. She has been with the Horatio School District for 11 of her 28 years in education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education plus has acquired an additional 18 hours of coursework. Her certifications include K-6, early childhood, 5-8 social studies, and ELL. Ms. Woods’ Belief Statement: “My philosophy of education includes clear expectations, a focus on developing thinking skills, and student differentiation. Through my classroom instruction and teaching reading groups, my goal is to incorporate these aspects in my daily routine.” “It is a great honor getting to know these talented and dedicated teachers. They are not only assets to Horatio students but also to the education profession. I am proud to serve with Mrs. DeVore and Mrs. Woods.” Zane Vanderpool, Superintendent.