Central High's Campbell Named 2017 State Secondary Teacher of the Year

October 18, 2016

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) has named Central High School's Deborah Campbell as the 2017 State Secondary Teacher of Year. The announcement was made during an awards luncheon at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Campbell is currently in the twenty-first year of her teaching career—all at Central High.

"Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor our state bestows upon its teachers," said Johnny L. Veselka, Executive Director of TASA. "These outstanding educators work hard to create learner-centered environments that inspire students to reach their full potential. They also understand that building positive relationships with their students is the very foundation of teaching."

Campbell is the program director of, and lead teacher for, the Central Credit Recovery program.  In her application, Campbell said, "I do my best to encourage students to step outside preconceived expectations and the misguided skepticisms of others — even loved ones — to get in touch with finding more than a dream. I challenge them to find a destiny. Almost daily, you will find me asking students, 'WHY do you need this diploma? What were you meant to do? How will you use the diploma to get there?' If they know the 'why,' they will come to school, they will fight through the hardships, and they will value the necessity of their education as a means to a successful end," she said. "Knowing they will take it further is what drives me to be persistent and persevere." 

The Texas Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969 and continues to annually recognize and reward teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

Watch Campbell's Teacher of the Year video.

View photos from the event below or view the photos on Flickr.