Young ES science teacher named Teacher of the Month

Young Elementary School fifth-grade science teacher Brittnay Douglas on Tuesday learned that she had been named the district’s Sterling McCall VIP Services Teacher of the Month for January.  

“Douglas has served as an amazing science teacher that has made the classroom,” Principal Shanica Smith said. “She is always making the classroom fun as she creates autonomous thinkers.” 

In her fifth year of teaching at Young Elementary School, Douglas ensures that her students are gaining exposure to new environments, especially during field lessons to Galveston State Park and TopGolf, where they learned about force and motion. 

“This past summer, Brittnay led a STEAM camp where students were able to personalize their learning through authentic experiences where they could build a school garden and added an art wall made of LEGOS,” Smith said. 

Douglas, who previously was crowned the 2017-18 Campus Teacher of the Year, has been able to move student performance from “Meets” to “Masters” level, leading Young to a TEA distinction. 

While everyone works on their New Year’s resolutions, Douglas will be starting the new decade in style as she gets to enjoy a 2020 Ford Explorer XLT, courtesy of Sterling McCall Ford. 

“From the moment her students enter the doors of the classroom, they are filled with excitement because they know they’re going to receive a hands-on and innovative approach to learning science,” South Area Superintendent Nicole Moore said.

As part of the Teacher of the Month program, HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and district leaders, along with a rep from Sterling McCall VIP Services, surprise a teacher. That teacher is 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 are responsible for selecting a teacher from their region to be honored from October 2019 to May 2020. Principals who would like to nominate a teacher on their campus should contact their school support officer or area superintendent directly.