CAC Teacher Qualities

This week, our students voted for this year’s Middle School and High School Teacher of the Year. It’s a great honor each year, and I absolutely love that moment when we announce it at senior chapel. Last year, I was so thrilled when Tamara Hodges and Lynnette Noble were selected because I know how deserving they both were because as a principal, I had the opportunity to see it firsthand. I knew and the students knew how invested they were in teaching, and it was fitting they were selected last year.

For the past few years, students have voted for the teacher of the year in four categories, and using a formula, the winner is determined. When students vote, they select a teacher that best exemplifies the following criteria:

  • Christ-Like Attitude— Which teacher exemplifies Christ daily and is a spiritual mentor for you?

  • Classroom Excellence— Which teacher brings it every day? Which teacher finds different ways to teach material and makes learning fun and enjoyable? In which teacher’s classroom do you think you learn the most?

  • Positive Relationships— Which teacher do you feel has really invested in your life and your classmates’ lives? Which teacher do you feel comfortable reaching out to you when you’re struggling or need help?

  • Overall Teacher of the Year— When you heard you were voting for the teacher of the year, which teacher came to mind first? Which teacher exemplifies what CAC is all about?

Sometimes students select the same teacher for each category and some choose a different teacher for each one. Either way, the results are fascinating and telling about our school. So many students have connected with so many different teachers, and it’s a testament of what teaching at CAC is all about— modeling Christ, building relationships with our students, and being the best classroom teachers we can be.

Being named the Middle School Teacher of the Year or High School Teacher of the Year is a huge honor on Mustang Mountain, and I’m looking forward to hearing it announced during senior chapel next Tuesday.

  • I’m so thankful that James Wilhite and the high school band participated in the Walk for the Waiting on Saturday. Despite the rain, they were able to set up and play inside the War Memorial Stadium tunnel as all the participants walked by. It was a great way to showcase our band and support a wonderful cause.

  • The choir concert on Monday was outstanding! Travis Kaye has done an amazing job with our choir, and I loved how so many students were able to showcase their talent. What a great way to wrap up the year.

  • The AP testing season kicked off on Wednesday, and Ian Thomas did something pretty special for his students. The morning of the test, Mr. Thomas arrived early with breakfast, gave his students a pep talk, and prayed over them before the test started. What a great way to start AP testing!

  • Tuesday’s Academic Scholarship program was a success thanks to Carrie Vick and Jan Penrod. They did an outstanding job organizing the program and finding different ways we could honor our seniors and the hard work they’ve put in. It’s one of my favorite programs of the year and a wonderful tradition.

  • Congratulations to the baseball team and the soccer teams for their wins yesterday in the state tournament. Coach Smith, Coach Z. Stewart, Coach A. Stewart, and Dr. Lambert have their players locked in and ready to win again today. Go Mustangs!

Upcoming Events

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Responsibilities for the Week of May 13-17
  • Cafeteria AM— K. Allison
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
  • Parking Lot AM— T. Hodges
  • Parking Lot PM— I. Thomas
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall— OPEN (Any takers?)
  • Chapel
    • Monday— Lights Up (J. Thomas)
    • Tuesday— Senior Chapel (see above for adjusted bell schedule; chapel starts at 2:40)
    • Wednesday— Band Performance (J. Wilhite)
    • Thursday— OPEN
    • Friday— STUCO (L. Noble)

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.

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