Rockwall ISD recently awarded the 2018 Sheri Stodghill Fowler Beginning Teacher of the Year Award to Lauren Milam, Springer Elementary second-grade teacher at the 2018 Teacher of the Year Banquet.
After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2017, Lauren heard from friends how hard it was to get into Rockwall ISD as a first-year teacher because it’s a destination district.
She got in her car and drove to every, single elementary school in the district to hand out resumes. She wanted someone to give her a chance because she knew that’s all she needed.
“I handed everyone my resume and I said, ‘You can count on me. I know I’m a first-year teacher but you can count on me,’” said Lauren. “I’m so glad my principal, Sara Reeves, counted on me and she gave me a chance. She always has my back.”
“Everyone at Springer Elementary is so kind and such a great school to be at,” said Lauren. “I’m so blessed and honored to be here. This isn’t an award just for me; it’s for all the people who have supported me.”
This honor is designed to recognize outstanding first year teachers who have shown dedication to the profession and to personal growth and development. A district committee reviewed all nominations, applications and questionnaires. Finalists were observed and a final selection made.
Sheri Stodghill Fowler was the Chief Communications Officer for the school district for nine years before passing in January 2015 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She loved Rockwall and Rockwall ISD and annual Teacher of the Year Banquet to honor teachers was her favorite event of the year.