Mr. Trey Wright, Webb Elementary Gifted and Talented (GT) Elementary Team Leader, has been honored as the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented (TAGT) Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted representing the Region 10 community.
The Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award is presented to one teacher from each region in recognition of outstanding service, contribution,
and commitment to gifted education. Regional winners are eligible for TAGT’s State Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
“Not only does Mr. Wright demonstrate an abundance of character qualities, he continues to enrich the lives of his gifted students and
parents by his positive attitude,” said Karen J. Green, M.Ed., Lead Gifted and Talented Specialist for McKinney ISD. “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 21st Century teacher by encouraging creative and complex thinking. Students leaving his classroom have the confidence to solve complex problems.”
To be nominated as an Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted a selected teacher must demonstrate a commitment to gifted education by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to professional growth, develop a personal philosophy of education for the gifted that matches the
characteristics of gifted and talented students, impact gifted education at the local, regional, and state level, and serve the needs of gifted
students in both the cognitive and affective domains.
“Mr. Wright is a great model for his students as a lifelong learner and as a quality member of society,” says Webb Elementary School Principal Kyle Luthi. “He requires greatness from his students and expects no less of himself. To engage students, you must first be engaged. Mr. Wright is engaged in each lesson and activity that occurs in his classroom. He takes what is being taught and makes it interesting, exciting and relevant to the students. The students in Mr. Wright’s classroom are allowed to take risks in their thinking, questioning and overall learning. This type of environment opens the door for high quality student engagement.”