Great Hearts Teacher Named Texas Charter Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year
The Texas Charter Schools Association (TCSA) named Brooke Lucero the Teacher of the Year at the 2017 Texas Charter Schools Conference earlier today. Ms. Lucero of the Great Hearts Northern Oaks campus, received her award at a luncheon with keynote speaker Education Commissioner Mike Morath.
“On behalf of TCSA, I congratulate Ms. Lucero for this well-deserved award. Teachers are the backbone of our schools and critical to the success of students. It is vital that we celebrate the hard work of teachers like Ms. Lucero who invest their lives in students,” said David Dunn, Executive Director of TCSA.
This is the second year for TCSA’s Teacher of the Year program which honors one outstanding educator from across the State of Texas. As the recipient of the award for Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lucero received a complimentary registration to the conference, a plaque, and a cash award of $1000. The award recognizes charter educators that advocate for charters at the local level, are innovative in their approaches to educating all students, and serve as a leader on their campus and within their communities.
Ms. Lucero is an educator with 10 years of teaching experience, who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. She uses Socratic Seminar, knowledge of different learning styles, strategies, accommodations and modifications, knowledge of behavior analysis as well as multiple positive behavior supports and systems to work with the special education students she teaches. Great Hearts is passionately committed to cultivating the hearts and minds of students through the pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
“In her work as a special education teacher, she embodies the Great Hearts ethos of love and high academic expectations for all students. We are very proud of her and honored to have one of our great-hearted teachers recognized in this way,” said Aaron Kindel, Superintendent of Great Hearts Texas Academies.
The Texas Charter Schools Association is the statewide membership organization for effective charter schools of all types, proudly representing nearly 270,000 students at 675 open-enrollment charter school campuses. The Texas Charter Schools Conference is the largest gathering of its kind for the charter school community. About 1,600 attendees participate in training sessions over three days.