West Orange – Stark Middle School sixth grade Reading Language Arts teacher, Ruth Hancock has been announced as the Orange County Middle School recipient of The Beaumont Foundation’s $10,000 Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions of Southeast Texas teachers whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Every school in the Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton County area was invited to select an honoree for consideration for the prestigious award.
Hancock, an educator for the past 29 years, was the WO-S Middle School honoree.
WO-S Middle School Principal Travis McKelvain wrote in his recommendation letter, “Mrs. Hancock is much more than just a great classroom instructor; she is a role model and mentor for students and teachers alike. She is a lead classroom instructor and goes out of her way to assist new or struggling teachers, both formally and informally mentoring them. As a campus leader, she serves as an advocate and spokesperson for her grade-level, department, and entire school on important issues.”

The Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education honorees exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession. These qualities include but are not limited to:
Dedication, knowledge, and skill; a demonstrated distinguished classroom practice; professionalism and collegiality; high standards for themselves and their students; the ability to create a classroom environment conducive to learning; commitment to students and their learning; the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; and contribution to the wider school community.

“Twenty years ago I sat in Mrs. Hancock’s class as a sixth grade student, mesmerized and inspired by her passionate and energetic instruction. I vividly remember lessons she taught, essays that I wrote, and books that I read in her class. Now, as Principal, I sit in her class and I still feel that same awe at her dynamic approach and ability to reach kids,” McKelvain said.

Hancock, and 14 other area winners, will be honored by The Beaumont Foundation at a special awards banquet to be held May 3.

For more information about the award, visit the
The Beaumont Foundation’s website at  HYPERLINK “http://www.bmtfoundation.com” www.bmtfoundation.com