Two Mansfield ISD graduates have now earned the title of being named the district’s 2021 teachers of the year. The teachers were chosen based on their excellence in teaching and positive impact in the lives of their students and staff members.
Hadley Brown, a first grade teacher at Roberta Tipps STEAM Academy, was selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Anthony Sheppard, a U.S. history teacher and football coach at Lake Ridge High School, was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Hadley Brown is an MISD alumna and wanted to reinvest in the district that made a profound impact on her. She is in her sixth year of education.
The Texas native said her mission is to enrich students’ lives and ensure they have the opportunity, tools and readiness to succeed.
“I went to Mansfield schools, I love the Mansfield community, so I just want to give back any way I can,” she said. “I love coming into work every day to teach these young minds, and I’m honored to receive this award.”
Brown obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from The University of Rochester and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Anthony Sheppard believes that he is an effective teacher and coach because of his positive influence on young people’s values, interests and character.
He attended MISD since elementary school and graduated from Mansfield High School. The educator is in his 17th year of teaching and attributes his success to the teachers he had who poured into him and encouraged him.
“I’m just doing what the teachers I had did to me,” he explained. “They saw my potential and believed in me. I hope I can do the same for my students.
Sheppard added that he wants students to understand how a diverse population fits into the bigger world picture and how each of them can contribute.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at El Paso and his teaching certification from The University of Texas at El Paso's alternative certification program.
Every year, staff members at each of MISD’s campuses nominate the teacher they feel has done a stellar job at displaying excellence in education.
Two of those campus winners are then selected by a committee to become the elementary and secondary district teachers of the year.
Brown and Sheppard discovered they won the distinction at the MISD 2021 Employee Awards Reception, which was held May 13.
They will go on to compete in the Education Service Center Region XI Teacher of Year competition and could potentially advance to compete for Texas Teacher of the Year.