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March MVP - Changing the World One Classroom at a Time

“I believe we can change the world one classroom at a time,” said WISD’s March MVP and first-grade teacher Kim Truett. “I want to be part of the change and influence my students in a positive way so that they can go out and make a positive influence on the world.”

“It is an honor to have Kim named the MVP for Willis ISD,” said Turner Elementary Principal Doug Anderson. “She has excellent rapport with her students and shows a sincere interest in them as individuals.”

Truett holds a bachelor’s of science in early childhood education from Stephen F. Austin University and a master’s in education administration from Texas A&M at Texarkana. She has taught for 13 years, spending the past four years at Turner Elementary.  She is the leader for the first grade team of teachers and frequently volunteers to help other staff members plan instruction for their classroom.  

“Last year was my first year back into first grade after 11 years,” said Turner teacher Kathy Ritchie. “Kim Truett made that transition so smooth and easy.  She always has new ideas of different ways to do things with the students.”

Truett is known for constantly seeking methods to make teaching more interesting and informative.  Her creative imagination makes her classroom exciting for her students.  She cares about her students and shares their enthusiasm for learning. 

Fellow first-grade teacher Laura Zapata describes Truett as organized and responsible.  She acknowledges Truett’s passion for teaching. 

“I know she goes to bed late and she gets here early to tutor students that she doesn’t have to tutor,” Zapata said. 

Truett sets the foundation for a positive educational experience for her first graders.  She recognizes the changes in education that have occurred over her 13 year career, especially with the advent of computers in the classroom.  The one thing that she says hasn’t changed, however, are the children.

“They are a joy every day,” Truett said.  “I want them to remember that in my classroom they were valued, loved and respected, and that we did everything we could to help them grow as a person.”

WISD Superintendent Tim Harkrider says that he doesn’t have to worry about the students in Truett’s room.

“She is always motivating her students to go above and beyond to do their best,” said Harkrider.  “Kim is a huge asset to Willis ISD.”

Click here to watch Truett infuse passion into her lessons.

The next MVP Award will be presented at the regular meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the Cargill Education Center, 204 West Rogers in Willis.

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