KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 26, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
LaQuita McMillion, a fourth-grade teacher at Katy's Bear Creek Elementary was recently named the 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Houston Area Alliance of Black Educators. Three other Katy ISD teachers were also nominated for the prestigious award.
Winner Selected Out of 300 Educators
McMillion was selected out of 300 educators as the Houston Area Alliance of Black Educators (HAABSE) 2020 Teacher of the Year.
“Hearing my name being called was an indescribable and overwhelming feeling, I appreciate the recognition in a career that I truly love to do each and every day,” says McMillion. “I would like to give credit to the students and families for which I'm blessed to serve and the colleagues and leadership support that I have served throughout my career as an educator.”
Bear Creek Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher
LaQuita McMillion, a fourth grade ELA teacher, has been in education for more than 8 years, two of those years she was with KISD. She started her education career in her hometown of Chicago.
“To be nominated for the award by my campus peers and principal was an honor,” says McMillion. “I never expected that out of over 300 educators from school districts in the Houston area that I would be selected as a finalist and more importantly be awarded the top honor.”
Positive Childhood School Experiences Motivated This Educator
McMillion was motivated to become a teacher due to her childhood experience in the classroom. The campus became her safe haven and a place where she was able to discover many opportunities outside of her neighborhood.
“As a child, I knew when I arrived in my classroom, nothing else mattered,” McMillion said. “My teachers motivated and instilled values in me that held education as the compass to my success in life.”
McMillion has loved education and motivated by her teachers. “As a child, I knew when I arrived in my classroom, nothing else mattered,” McMillion said. “My teachers motivated and instilled values in me that held education as the compass to my success in life.”
Katy ISD Nominees and Award Recipient
· LaQuita McMillion | Bear Creek Elementary | Awarded 2020 HAABSE Elementary Teacher of the Year
· Linda Lopez | Winborn Elementary | Elementary Nominee
· Felicia Spivey | Morton Ranch High School | Secondary Nominee
· Holly Tudor | McRoberts Elementary | Elementary Nominee