November Teacher of the Month: Katerias Hill

Each month, Marshall ISD celebrates the outstanding contributions of our campus faculty to the overall educational experience of our students. These professionals work countless extra hours at home, on weekends, and over holiday breaks with one focus in mind -- to make MISD and their campus Marshall Proud and Maverick Strong for our students.

The Teacher of the Month for November 2017 at David Crockett Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Mrs. Angela Fitzpatrick, is Katerias Hill, fifth-grade Self-Contained teacher.

"Katerias as gone above and beyond helping her students academically and socially," said Mrs. Fitzpatrick. "She teaches the same group of students every subject and they have truly become a Maverick family that is willing to learn. Her drive for student success runs over into the school. She along with the coaches were the leaders for organizing our routine for our tornado drill when over 700 students and adults have to move quickly in the gym. The second practice was a great success."

hillTeacher: Katerias Hill

Hometown/High School: Dallas, TX/McKinney North HS

College/Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Child Development - Wiley College (2015)

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: 8th Grade (Science,Social Studies); 5th Grade (ELAR, Math, Science, Social Studies); 4th Grade (ELAR, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health); 3rd Grade (Science, Social Studies)

Family: "During my teaching journey I have been blessed with a very supportive family and household thank you to my husband Derrek Jones, my parents Antonio and Kenyatta Hill and finally my grandparents George and Mary Evans."

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "When I am free from preparing lesson plans I love being with my family and eating out, supporting our Marshall Mavs and fellowshipping while volunteering at our local food pantry with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated."

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "Over the years I have grown into the teacher you see today but it all started when I was younger as a bossy little girl. As a child my favorite thing to do was play school with my siblings and cousins. Teaching has been a very natural career for me and it comes super easy because I enjoy helping others and seeing people learn new things."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "As a teacher my most important roles have been showing my students that they too can be successful in what they want to be but the foundation is education because it is key. Also, the relationships that I have built with my students or any student that I have come in contact with has given me the opportunity to really reach my students and gain trust. Because of that relationship my students have performed exceptionally well on our Texas standardized test, STAAR."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"During my younger years my mother Kenyatta Hill was one of my greatest educators. My mother showed a lot of tough love and was very hard on me at a young age about my grades, the way that I spoke and my dedication in whatever endeavors I was seeking. In high school I had the best group of women working with me Jamie Haid(Teacher), Sherra Berry (Drillteam Coach), Sandy Baxster ( Drill-Team Mom) and Tawn King (principal) These women would go out there way then and even now to make sure that I remain a determined and hardworking young lady. While at Wiley College I joined the oldest African America Greek Sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. Through the sorority I have had the chance to serve with many educators but just to name a few thank you Beverly Armstead, Loretta Gregory, Katrina Banks, Latoya Sloan, LaTrina Jenkins, Keshlae Baltrip, Shalem Johnson and my mentor Angela Fitzpatrick. These sorority women plus many more have helped me during my transition from Wiley College into the classroom."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching and serving specifically at your campus?: "On our David Crockett campus, I enjoy that we have some of the most creative and innovative faculty and staff. I have enjoyed the opportunity to learn from fellow teachers that are new to the district and those who have spent years in the district, but overall I have enjoyed the 5th grade team of teachers that I work with. Thank you fifth grade teachers Cheri Bozeman, Bertha Davis, Sereca Henderson, Sheila Henderson, Amy Holmes, Mary Kiel, Doris McKelvey and Josveli Ramirez. Nevertheless, a special thank you to the two women on campus who have groomed me through college and now in the classroom at David Crockett, Beverly Johnson and Angela Fitzpatrick."

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "Finally, the greatest accomplishment that I hope to accomplish is seeing the overflow of progress of our Marshall ISD students through continuous service and engaging educational curriculum, as well as the completion of my Masters in Education at LeTourneau University and the gaining of a few specific certifications (ESL, SPED and GT)."
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