FROM PISD PRESS RELEASE:
Michael Rhodes was named Secondary Teacher of the Year and Amy Hooten was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the Paris Independent School District at the staff recognition reception, an annual event recognizing teaching excellence as well as honoring employees for their years of service. Both will represent Paris ISD in the 2018 Region VIII Education Service Center Teacher of the Year competition.
Prior to entering the field of education, Rhodes was employed as an automobile technician. He is completing his Bachelor of Science degree this year. He began his teaching career at Paris High School in 2012 in automotive technology. During his tenure, Rhodes has taken competitors to the state level in SkillsUSA and earned three state championships. His students’ accomplishments in SkillsUSA include: First year – 1 student was second in district; second at state; Second year – 2 students first and second at district; fourth and sixth at state; Third year – 1 student first and 1 student second at district; 1 student first in state then competed at national level; Fourth year – 5 students first and third at district; 1 tenth and 1 first at state and competed at national level; 5th year – 2 student were first in district, 1 was first at state and will compete at national level; 2 students second in district, 5 students third in district; on student elected as District 5 state officer.
Rhodes embraces the instructional methodologies of Sean Cain’s Fundamental Five. He presents the methodologies and shares what he does with SkillsUSA during department meetings. He has convinced eight teachers to participate. He is co-lead teacher in the department.
Amy Hooten holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from TAMU—Commerce. She has taught each of her 23 years at Thomas Justiss Elementary School. She is certified in elementary self-contained, early childhood education, and reading recovery. She is currently a second grade English/Language Arts teacher. She has served on the District Wide Academic Committee, School Effectiveness Team, Grade Level Representative, mentor to student teachers and new co-workers on her grade level, technology mentor, and has presented in-service training for reading strategies. She was the Outstanding Read 180 Educator in 2014.
Hooten has been inspired by a quote by Uri Bronfenbrenner, “Every child needs at least ONE adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” She finds that special child each year. Mrs. Joel Casey was that person to her when she moved to Texas from Minnesota in third grade. She knew at an early age she was meant to be a teacher despite being surrounded by a family devoted to the medical field.