LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A veteran Lufkin High School teacher has received the Buddy I. Low Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions of East Texas teachers.
According to a press release from the Lufkin Independent School District, Kym Guzman, the winner of the award, will also receive $10,000.
Guzman said she cares, "that they develop as a person, learn study skills that will help them in college, learn lessons about character and integrity that will help them have life lessons."
She said she's grown the most as a teacher by gaining that philosophy. Guzman said because she spends much of her time with work, she might use the award to spend a nice vacation with her family.
To be eligible for the Buddy I Low Excellence in Education Award, teachers have to have at least five years of teaching experience and be a full-time classroom teacher at a public or non-public school in Angelina, Sabine, or Sabine County. They also had to fill out the Foundation's application packet by the deadline.
"Gilbert I. Low Excellence in Education candidates should exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession," the press release stated.
The qualities listed include, dedication, knowledge, skill, the ability to inspire students of all background and abilities, a "demonstrated distinguished classroom practice," professionalism, collegiality, high standards for themselves and their students, the ability to create a classroom environment conducive to learning, commitment to students, contributions to the wider school community, and the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.