Texas group honors Tyler ISD gifted teacher

Published on Monday, 6 January 2014 17:46 - Written by Staff Reports

The Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented recently honored a Tyler ISD teacher for her contributions to education.

Amanda Baker, a first-year teacher at T.A.R.G.E.T., TISD’s campus for gifted and talented students, received the 2013 Area Rising Star Teacher of the Gifted Award, according to a school district news release.

The award was presented during the state association’s annual conference held last month in Houston.

Mrs. Baker, who was nominated by her principal, Katherine Elmore, created a chemistry course for third-graders “to perform experiments, study the periodic table and learn science through the inquiry method,” according to the news release.

“Mrs. Baker exemplifies the best qualities of a teacher and constantly strives to grow herself,” Ms. Elmore said, according to the news release. “She created a curriculum for a subject that most people think can't be taught to elementary students, and she made it fun! She is always reaching out to help her fellow teachers and continually searches for new ways to learn from others, all while keeping her husband and sons a priority.”

The nomination process included an application, teacher resume, and parent and student recommendation letters.