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What started off as an ordinary day for Fleming Middle School teacher Sha’rell Webb on Tuesday morning turned into a surprise of a lifetime, when Area Superintendent Julia Dimmitt interrupted class to announce Webb as the Sterling McCall VIP Services Teacher of the Month for March.
“Mrs. Webb is more than deserving of this recognition,” Dimmitt said. “She not only puts her students’ educational needs first, but those of the entire campus, which shows in their academic achievements.”
A favorite in the north area of the district, Webb, an eighth-grade science teacher, is known for her grant-writing skills, which has increased the use of technology in her classroom and for the campus, including $5,000 in educational technology upgrades.
One of her most notable grant submissions garnered 180 Kano Kits for the entire eighth-grade class, as well as getting lab coats donated so her students can get into “scientist mode” every day.
“This is such an indescribable feeling,” Webb said. “I am passionate about the continuance of success in education for all of the students at Fleming Middle School. I work hard to provide them with opportunities that I know will enrich their educational experience.”
A true advocate for her students and her school, Webb has been successful in partnering with NASA, Baylor College of Medicine, Chevron, Houston Children’s Museum and other entities to bring educational programs and experiences to the campus.
When Webb and her students learned she would be driving a 2018 Cadillac XT5, courtesy of David Taylor Cadillac, it was a battle on who would ride first as the students piled into the vehicle.
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“There’s a reason why Mrs. Webb’s students have earned top quintile growth for science in the last two years,” Principal Sabrina Cuby-King said. “With Mrs. Webb’s guidance and encouragement, her students consistently work to live up to her high expectations.”
It was a tough decision for Dimmitt to select only one teacher for this month’s award. After surprising Webb, Dimmitt and her team surprised five additional teachers at Marshall, Atherton, Berry, and Northline elementary schools, and Williams Middle School.
As part of the Teacher of the Month program, HISD area superintendents will surprise a teacher along with a rep from Sterling McCall VIP Services. Each month, the teacher will be presented with an award, a gift basket of promotional items, a $150 gift card, and a luxury loaner vehicle.
Each of the seven HISD area superintendents will be responsible for selecting a teacher from their region to be honored until May 2018. Principals who would like to nominate a teacher on their campus should contact their School Support Officer of Area Superintendent directly.