Harper teacher nominated for excellence award
The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (PBKAAGA) listed a Harper High School instructor as one of five finalists for its Teaching Excellence Award.
Lisa Read, a Harper High School science instructor for 15 years, is one of five finalists.
“She is very knowledgeable and also has a great rapport with the kids,” said Harper High School Principal Bonnie Stewart. “She gets to know the kids and their hearts, and then does a great job teaching them science.”
Prior to moving to Harper, Read taught in May and Brookesmith. She is a native of Mullin.
Other finalists were:
• Kelly Dickens, Headwaters High School;
• Ted Hamilton, Austin Peace Academy;
• Trent Jimenez, Bastrop High School;
• Reg McConnell, Jarrell High School.
The winning teacher, to be announced in October, will receive an award of $2,500, and the winner’s school an additional $500 to be spent for a project at the direction of the winner.
The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes Austin area high school teachers who have demonstrated instructional expertise, classroom innovation, and the ability to cultivate students’ ability to think critically; who expand their own knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences; and who share their own classroom success for the benefit of their colleagues.
The association also announced that 2018 is the inaugural year for this award; PBKAAGA has for many years awarded four annual $2,500 scholarships, three to college-bound high school seniors and one to a college undergraduate, all in the Austin area.
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is a national academic honor society that advocates for the value of education in the liberal arts and sciences.