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ASU Graduate Named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year

October 20, 2011

Angelo State University graduate Stephanie Stoebe has been named the 2012 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year in a joint award by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA).

A reading specialist at Round Rock High School, Stoebe received her award and a $5,000 honorarium during an Oct. 14 ceremony in Austin. She graduated from ASU in 2000 with a Master of Education, Reading Specialist degree.

Each fall, the TEA and TASA honor two state teachers of the year, one in elementary education and one in secondary education, as outstanding classroom teachers who are also able to speak for, motivate and exemplify the contributions of all teachers.

Candidates for the awards are identified as skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching, according to the TEA website. They also take an active role in their communities as well as their schools, and are professional, poised and articulate. The most important criterion in evaluating nominees is their ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

In her application for the state award, Stoebe wrote, “My most significant contributions to education will be that I gave hope to children when they had none. I gave directions to students who were lost, both emotionally and academically. I taught kids to read; first the words, then the sentences, and then finally they understood that education is the greater equalizer in society today.”

Before taking the Round Rock teaching post in 2009, Stoebe was a middle school reading specialist for two years in Georgia until her husband retired from the U.S. Army and they moved to Round Rock. Prior to that, she was a full-time elementary school teacher in Arizona from 2006-07 and taught at Bradford Elementary School in San Angelo in 2000. From 1997-99, she was director of educational services for the Tom Green County Corrections and Supervisions Department, where she worked with probationers earning their high school diplomas.

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