Caprock Educator Region 16 Teacher of the Year

Caprock Educator Named Region 16 Teacher of the Year
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August 17, 2016 -- Amarillo ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Mary Malone has been named Region 16 Teacher of the Year. The honor was announced Wednesday morning during a ceremony at Region 16’s edCon, the largest regional educator conference of the year.

An algebra teacher at Caprock High School, one thing that stands out in Malone’s ninth-grade classroom is her “flipped” teaching method. Flipped classrooms reverse the typical lecture and homework elements of a course. Students view video lectures at home, allowing them to slow down a lesson, or speed it up in some cases, to suit their learning needs. Once at school, a mini-lesson is taught before students work the bulk of their math problems in class.

Malone’s classroom is also host to a workshop lab. Fellow educators can sit in and learn how she uses technology to encourage higher-level thinking and acquaint students with machines and programs they may one day use in the workplace.  

Tascosa High School Principal David Bishop, who worked with Malone last year at Caprock High School, praised Malone for the high expectations she places on herself and her peers to set students up for continued learning and success throughout their lives. “She has a unique gift for touching the hearts and minds of her students,” he said. “She inspires them to flourish and reach their full potential.”

Malone will represent Region 16 at the Texas Education Agency Teachers of the Year Awards this fall. One state Teacher of the Year will be chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year Program. In 2015, AISD’s Shanna Peeples was named National Teacher of the Year, the first Texas educator to earn the honor since 1957.


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