Katy ISD recently surprised two teachers with the District-wide Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year Award. Rhoads Elementary teacher Travis Bailey, and Raines High School teacher Grant Smith, were chosen for the elementary and secondary awards respectively. Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, along with each campus principal and family and friends surprised the teachers in their classrooms.
“It was a pleasure to recognize and name two outstanding individuals that represent the caliber of teachers that choose to start their teaching careers in Katy ISD,” said Frailey. “With their patience, compassion, and engaging instructional classrooms, it is apparent that they motivate their students and inspire them to go on to do greater things.”
Travis Bailey is a graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and teaches Physical Education at Rhoads Elementary. Bailey is also a product of Katy ISD having graduated from Mayde Creek High School. He engages students through games and activities that are purposeful and designed to increase participation and movement. He also spends time outside of the classroom as a member of the Campus Advisory Team and serving as chairman of the Rhoads “Red Ribbon Committee.” Bailey has also been instrumental in supporting the “Fishing Program” in Katy ISD, and continues to support this program on other campuses across the district.
“Travis’ demonstration of leadership is not typically found in a teacher who is just beginning their career,” said Carrie Lowery, principal at Rhoads Elementary. “All of his efforts have led to increased student achievement in both the gym and in their other classrooms.”
Grant Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in History. Smith teaches World Geography, World History, and Government and Economics at Raines High School, and his instruction embodies the core principles of problem solving, teamwork and leadership. He is also actively involved in many aspects of daily operations at Raines including morning check-in, laptop distribution, as well as assisting with a student incentive program and a proposed student leadership team.
“Through Grant’s instructional practices, he has given students a hope that they can become something more than they ever imagined they could be,” said Becky Tucker, principal of Raines High School. “He takes time to build the relationships that are necessary to foster student growth and success.”
Both Bailey and Smith will be honored, along with Campus Teachers of the Year, and other First Year Teacher nominees at a special event in April.
Click here to see the elementary and secondary Outstanding First Year Teacher of the Year nominees.