McKinney Independent School District and the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented congratulate Herbert “Trey” Wright on being named TAGT’s Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted for Region 10. Mr. Wright, who serves as the Gifted and Talented Elementary Team Leader at Webb Elementary, was honored at the School Board meeting on October 25 for his excellent work and commitment to our gifted students. TAGT Region 10 representative Jan Delisle was in attendance to present the award.
Each year TAGT presents the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award to one distinguished teacher from each region who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to professional growth; develops a personal philosophy of education for the gifted that matches the characteristics of gifted and talented students; impacts gifted education at the local, regional, and state level; and serves the needs of gifted students in both the cognitive and affective domains. As this year’s recipient, Wright is eligible for TAGT’s State Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
In his personal philosophy, Wright states, “I believe that all children have an innate need to be heard. Children need to be heard, so they can validate their ideas and feelings to know they truly have worth.” He centers his Mathematics and Science instruction around that concept and helps his students to focus on discussion, communication and problem solving. “As a group we listen and validate each student’s way of solving the problem. The same problem may be demonstrated a half dozen times so that students can begin to see the multitude of ways to solve a single problem in Mathematics. Through this process, I believe students begin to find their voice and satisfy that deep-seated need to be heard.”
Wright reflects on the necessity of continually growing as an educator, “I believe that the only constant in life is change, and this idea is prevalent in education today. GT students learn differently than their peers, and GT students of today learn differently than those of five or ten years ago. Having this knowledge, I spend a lot of time learning and reading.” Webb Elementary Principal Kyle Luthi acknowledges Wright’s commitment to professional growth, “Mr. Wright is a great model for his students as a lifelong learner and as a quality member of society. He requires greatness from his students and expects no less from himself.”
McKinney ISD is proud of Trey Wright’s achievement and his dedication to challenging our gifted and talented students. Karen J. Green, M.Ed., Lead Gifted and Talented Specialist for McKinney ISD says, “His personal philosophy of teaching is impressive and eloquent and he is sure to have an impact on many more students in McKinney ISD. He inspires students to love math and science and he epitomizes the twenty-first century teacher by encouraging creative and complex thinking. Students leaving his classroom have the confidence to solve complex problems.”
School Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month and begin at 7:15 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.