Lisa Edwards, a second grade teacher at Mauriceville Elementary, was one of fifteen southeast Texas teachers chosen by The Beaumont Foundation to receive the prestigious “Reaud Excellence in Education” award for superior contributions to inspire learning. As well as being recognized as an outstanding educator, each teacher recognized also receives $10,000.

Edwards’ fellow MVE staff members celebrated her accomplishment with cake and balloons on Friday, calling her to the cafeteria where a room full of children and adults shouted “congratulations.” When asked for her reaction to the announcement, Edwards said, “To be nominated by Mauriceville Elementary was such an honor, but to actually be chosen to receive this award has been an overwhelming and rewarding experience. It really hasn’t all sunk in yet and I really can’t stop smiling.” The recipients will be recognized by the Foundation at a gala in May.

According to guidelines for the award, candidates must:
o Have completed five years teaching experience.
o Be a full-time classroom teacher at a public or non-public school in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, or Newton County whose responsibility is the direct instruction of students.
o Complete the Foundation’s application packet by the stated deadline.

Candidates should exemplify the highest standards and practices of the teaching profession. These qualities include but are not limited to:
o Dedication, knowledge, and skill.
o The expertise to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities;
o A demonstrated distinguished classroom practice;
o Professionalism and collegiality;
o High standards for themselves and their students;
o The ability to create a classroom environment conducive to learning;
o Commitment to students and their learning;
o The respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues;
o Contribution to the wider school community.