District Teachers Of The Year - May 19 20202

Alejandro, Cooks Named District Teachers Of The Year
Posted on 05/19/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Alejandro, Cooks Named District Teachers Of The YearMarshall ISD has announced that Tamira Alejandro, third-grade teacher at David Crockett Elementary, and Thecela Cooks, STEP teacher at Marshall Early Graduation School, have been named the 2020 MISD District Teachers of the Year.

Ms. Alejandro, the MISD Elementary School Teacher of the Year, has been with MISD since 2017, spending her first three years with the district at Crockett. She taught second grade in 2017-2018 and has taught third grade since October of 2018.

She spent two years as a second grade teacher in Jefferson ISD before joining the Maverick Family. Prior to beginning her teaching career Ms. Alejandro served as Financial Management Comptroller at United States Air Force Reserve at Barksdale Air Force Base.

She is a graduate of Texas College in Tyler, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2015.

"Never be afraid to change the world!" Ms. Alejandro said in her application essay. "We as teachers hold the key to open doors for all of our students. Never lower your standards just to make anyone feel better. We are not perfect, but we are as strong and as powerful as we allow ourselves to be."

Mrs. Cooks, the district's Secondary Teacher of the Year, has been with MISD since 2006. She joined the Maverick Family as a Special Education teacher at Price T. Young Middle School from 2006-2014, and again served at PTY in the 2016-2017 school year.

From August 2014-July 2016, Mrs. Cooks was an MISD Special Programs Behavior Specialist/Teacher, and since 2017 she has served as MISD's Vocational Adjustment Coordinator and 18 Plus Teacher. As 18 Plus teacher Mrs. Cooks teaches work-based learning, and prepares special education students for employment upon their graduation.

Mrs. Cooks earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Wiley College in 2005, and achieved her Region 7 Teacher Certification - Special Education EC-12 in 2006. Mrs. Cooks also holds a Master of Education Administration from Grand Canyon University and completed her Principal Certification Studies from Lamar University in 2014.

"“Success will not look the same for all students, however as stakeholders, we are like tailors, custom fitting each customer with a product that will lead to future success," Mrs. Cooks wrote in her application essay. "Student success, based on progress monitoring, celebrates their current abilities and empowers them to reach to new heights. Every student in my classroom, school, district, state, and nation deserves a high-quality education. Join me in the quest to expand this opportunity for each child in America.”

As district teachers of the year, Alejandro and Cooks are MISD's nominees for Region 7 Teacher of the Year which will be announced later this summer. 
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