2018 Troost Teacher of the Year

Kindergarten Teacher Mary White


Mary White
Troost Elementary

What motivated your career in education?
I wanted to make a difference for children. Growing up, I have always appreciated and admired my teachers. One teacher in particular, my second grade teacher, she taught me what it meant to love school, have confidence in myself, and have a kind heart. This teacher inspired me to become an educator myself. Teaching is not an easy career to choose, it’s not all flowers and rainbows. There are many days I go home crying due to a rough day. However, I keep coming back because I have a passion to be present for my students. I’m here to show them a kind heart, provide a safe environment, and help instill confidence in my students each and every day.

What message about public education do you want to share?
My message is “Reaching the Whole Child”. In order to help students who are trauma sensitive, we as teachers, school, district, and community have to stop and look at each child as a whole individual. This entails who they are, where they come from, and how can we effectively help them to be the best they can be. In order to increase student achievement and see exponential growth, we must first look at the student. To help students achieve excellence, we have to be able to provide each student with what they truly need to be successful at school as well as in life.