Sherman ISD awards staff with new traditions

Published: May. 20, 2020 at 11:00 PM CDT
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"Our celebration is a little bit different, but the hard work and the dedication has not changed," said director of communications, Kimberly Simpson.

Awards were presented to new teacher, employee, and volunteer of the year. Team of the year was given to Food Service for providing nearly 200,000 meals since school closed in March.

"Anytime that we can celebrate our teachers for the amazing jobs that they've done is something that we definitely strive for, and this is no different," said Simpson.

But the biggest surprises of the day were awarded to 2 Sherman ISD teachers who have gone above and beyond this school year.

"I came home to the yard sign today and just very surprised and shocked and honored," said Cathy Van Horn, a Kindergarten teacher at Fairview Elementary.

Van Horn was awarded as Elementary Teacher of the Year.

"Being away from my students has been very difficult over the past two and a half months, trying to communicate with them and stay in touch with them. And so being honored in this way is just amazing," said Van Horn.

"I thought this can't be for me, this can't be real," said Barbara Ragan, Life Skills teacher at Piner Middle.

Ragan was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year.

"Honestly I didn't feel like I was doing enough to reach my students, and this is just beyond what I expected. I'm very thankful, I'm very blessed," said Ragan.

Both teachers were presented with new cars sponsored by Sherman Chevrolet for their outstanding work in the classroom and virtually from home. The new tradition could be a sign of the times, or simply a sign of good things to come.

"Hey today's event has gone so well that this might be the new tradition; confetti poppers, signs in the yard, tears of joy, you can't really beat that, right? This might be our new norm, so thanks COVID-19. That's the bright side of it right now," said Simpson.

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