Robinson High School teacher Garrett Gray received the secondary TEACH (Texas Educators Achieving Classroom Honors) Award at the recent Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development annual conference in Houston.
Each year school districts can nominate teachers for the TEACH Award. These teachers have less than five years of experience and have made an impact on students.
Gray is in his third year of teaching at Robinson High School. According to the nomination letter for him, Gray is credited with using flexible teaching methods and being creative in different uses of technology to engage students in the AP chemistry and anatomy/physiology curriculum.
He has turned his classroom into a 21st-century learning environment that encourages project-based learning, collaboration and connection to resources outside of the class. He gives students choices when it comes to completing assignments and in which format they will be completed, with the option to use many Google apps and Symbaloo.
Gray is an excellent mentor and his class received higher biology end-of-course scores than many seasoned teachers, the letter states. Already a department leader, Gray encourages his peers to try new things and find unique solutions to meet the educational needs of students. He shows an interest in the lives of his students and is an adviser for student groups such as Link Leaders and the National Honor Society.