Two passionate educators who are revered by their peers have been named Mansfield ISD’s 2022 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.
Rebecca Anderson, a kindergarten teacher at D.P. Morris Elementary School, was selected as the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Bradley Wachsmann, a special education teacher at Linda Jobe Middle School, was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Rebecca Anderson is currently in her fifth year of teaching her English as a Second Language (ESL) kindergarten class. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in elementary education, but she says she perfected her skills relating to children during her 18 years as a stay-at-home mother of seven children.
Those who work with her say that she is creative, helpful and a lot of fun to be around.
“She encompasses everything that you would want a teacher at D.P. Morris Elementary School to represent,” said principal Tara Sublette. “She’s so caring and giving. She’s a loving person. She’s a loving mother, a loving teacher, and people just love being around her.”
Anderson is known for her baking skills and often brings homemade bread and cookies to share. She also sews costumes for the D.P. Morris third and fourth graders who perform in Summit High School’s annual musical.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Bradley Wachsmann teaches functional academic life skills (FALS) in the special education program at Linda Jobe Middle School.
His coworkers noted that he looks for opportunities for his students, many of whom struggle to communicate or have profound physical and mental impairments, to interact with their peers through his campus’ agriculture program and during lunch time.
“He’s calm, steady and kind,” said principal Joseph Harmonson. “Wherever he is, he’s very present. With the students, he helps them meet the various needs they have. He gets what needs to be done, and we love him.”
Wachsmann holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Angelo State University and obtained his certification in special education. He strongly believes if you develop high expectations and make learning relevant to students’ lives, they will show outstanding success.
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.
Anderson and Wachsmann were surprised with the title at the MISD 2022 Employee Awards Banquet, which was held May 12. 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.