By Chris Edwards
– Each year the Beaumont-based Beaumont Foundation of America awards a handful of educators the Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award. This year, Woodville Middle School science instructor Kayla Conner was among those recipients. BEAUMONT
The award, which is named for the philanthropic organization’s chairman, was created to celebrate superior contributions of teachers, and 15 teachers are selected annually to receive the award, which comes with a crystal obelisk, a portrait and $10,000. The recipients are honored at an awards gala.
“On behalf of Woodville ISD, we are extremely proud of Kayla Conner,” WISD Superintendent Lisa Meysembourg said.
“She’s just an excellent instructor and epitomizes the best in all of us. We are so thrilled to have her teaching, and working with the students, and her impact carries over into all areas of their lives and in their future successes.”
The award was established in 2009, and according to the foundation’s website, teachers who are recognized demonstrate superior teaching skills and the “leadership and dedication [to] inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and learning abilities.”
Meysembourg added that this year was the first year Woodville Middle School earned a distinction from the state in its science scores and Conner “is certainly a big part of that.”
In order to be eligible for the award, a teacher must have five years of teaching experience and be employed full-time at a public or private school within Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Orange, Hardin or Jefferson counties, and has to complete a nomination and application process by a fall deadline.