IMG_2225DSHS English Language Arts teacher Rachel Foreman learned that she is one of five finalists in Texas for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Rising Star Secondary Teacher of the Year award on March 11.

The Rising Star category is awarded to “exceptionally promising teachers with under 10 years of experience.”

Ms. Foreman, who isn’t a fan of surprises or focused attention on her, had to confront both of those situations the Friday before spring break.

“I’ve never been more embarrassed in my entire life,” Foreman said. “It’s embarrassing to receive a teaching award while giving out a boring quiz.”

Foreman, although embarrassed, was very humbled to hear she was one of the finalists for the award.

“I was very excited and humbled to hear that I was one of five finalists nominated for the award,” Foreman said.

DSHS principal Joe Burns says that he couldn’t be more proud of Ms. Foreman and the school district as a whole, which is also a finalist in the small district competition.

“Ms. Foreman is an excellent teacher in every regard,” Burns said. “Rarely does a week go by that I do not hear from either a student or parent describing the amazing experience they had or are currently having in Ms. Foreman’s class.”

Although Foreman was embarrassed about giving out a boring quiz when surprised, Burns knows very well the teaching skills that Foreman possesses.

“She is always searching for new and innovative ways engage her students in learning. The classroom environment that she has created encourages students to fearlessly tap into their creative ability,” said Burns. “I couldn’t be more proud of Ms. Foreman and I’m looking forward to seeing all the many things she will accomplish in the years to come.”

Written by J.T. Dahill

Staff Writer