AUSTIN, TX (KTRE) - A veteran Nacogdoches High School world geography teacher received the Association of Texas Professional Educators Secondary Educator of the Year Award on July 19.
Kimberly Cross received the award and a $1,000 check during the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.
"It's hard for me to brag about my accomplishments because the accomplishments really belong to my students," Cross said in a press release from ATPE. "I succeeded because of them, not in spite of them."
Nearly 1,000 people celebrated the achievements of public educators at the banquet. During the banquet, numerous award s were presented to teachers who demonstrate exceptional and innovative skills in their respective education fields.
"I am extremely proud of Ms. Cross and the great work she does with the students of Nacogdoches High School," said Dr. Fred Hayes, the Nacogdoches ISD superintendent.
Hayes said the ATPE is a highly respected organization, He said the fact that she was picked from so many quality educcator statewide is a testament to the exceptional work Cross does at Nacogdoches High School.
Cross, who has 16 years of experience in the education field, was one of three finalists for the award in the secondary category. The press release stated that the ATPE Educator of the Year Award Committee was "impressed with Cross' teaching philosophy commitment to education, leadership skills, and her role in bringing a new teacher mentorship program to her campus.
The Association of Texas Professional Educators is the largest non-union educators' group in the United States. Its membership consists of classroom teachers, para-educators, administrators, college students and retired educators.
"My passion is helping new teachers become effective teachers," Cross said in the press release.
"This passion comes from my struggles the first few years of my teaching career. I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help new teachers, I would do my best to make sure they didn't struggle alone."