Spotlight: James Kingsmill, Galena Park High School

kingsmill2 Spouses of teachers are uniquely qualified when it comes to letting others know how outstanding their spouse is at their craft. In the case of James Kingsmill, his wife is doubly qualified since she is also an educator.

James Kingsmill’s passion is teaching speech and debate and transferring  that passion to his students. In 2011 he took over a debate program which was virtually nonexistent and over the years has nurtured it into a strong, award winning program. Like so many teachers, he did it through selfless giving of his time and money. He spent countless hours writing grants and hosting debate tournaments in order to raise funds for his students and program. He pays for each student’s membership into the National Forensic League and the payoff has been tremendous. This year, ten seniors will graduate with honor cords from the National Forensic League Honor Society.

Building a successful program requires a great deal of time and energy. It is easy to get distracted by personal circumstances such as a personal battle with epilepsy. James Kingsmill, however, would not allow that to derail his efforts to build a successful program at his school for his students. He, like so many teachers, always puts his students first and it shows through his actions and their success.

2015 Appreciated Teacher Award Recipients

Thank you to all those who took time to nominate a special teacher. We had 250 nominations and are awarding 6 Appreciated Teacher Awards to the following individuals.

  • James Kingsmill, Galena Park High School (Galena Park ISD)
  • Geema Moore, Pasadena Memorial High School (Pasadena ISD)
  • Heather Brown, Alvin Elementary (Alvin ISD)
  • Denise Hahn, Robert Turner Career College and High School (Pearland ISD)
  • Christine Hawthorne, Barber Middle School (Dickinson ISD)
  • Chuck Bezdek, San Jacinto Elementary (Deer Park ISD)

Check back over the coming weeks for detailed stories on each recipient.

2015 Appreciated Teacher Awards

Teacher looks over students workWe Love Teachers. We would not be who we are without you.

That’s why Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union will recognize at least five outstanding teachers within the credit union’s field of membership which includes all school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery or Waller Counties, Texas. A committee of credit union employees will select from all nominations received by Wednesday, April 29th.

Nominees should be dedicated to greatly improving the quality of education for students. The Appreciated Teacher Award recipients will be named during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) with an award, a $100 honorarium, and a $100 donation to their school in their name.

We encourage you to nominate a deserving teacher.