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Oubre selected as Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year

ESC Region 12 Release

WACO, Texas - Out of 76 school districts across the 12-county education service area of Region 12, two outstanding educators have been selected for the top teaching award — the 2020 Region 12 Teachers of the Year. Greg Oubre of Dean Highland Elementary in Waco Independent School District is the Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Morgan Castillo of Woodgate Intermediate in Midway Independent School District is the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

“We are extremely proud to have both of these remarkable educators serving kids in this area,” said Jerry Maze, Ed.D., Executive Director of ESC Region 12. “The time and energy they dedicate to their students, their peers, and the profession is truly an inspiration for others to follow.”

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Greg Oubre has been teaching for 11 years—all in Waco ISD, serving as a third-grade teacher at Dean Highland Elementary for the last six and previously as a teacher at Doris Miller Elementary.

Oubre uses a combination of the Whole Brain Teaching method, processing skill exercises, balance beams and unique gameplay to produce fast-paced, engaging lessons for his students. He also provides professional development in classroom technology, classroom management and Whole Brain teaching. Oubre believes educators must be mindful of the ever-changing environment that inner-city students are growing up in and create lessons that are engaging, rigorous and entertaining.

Oubre has helped implement and design numerous programs for summer enrichment, community and parent involvement, and a highly successful intervention program called "Dragon Camp." His innovation, creativity and drive for excellence has brought his inner-city classes back-to-back national championships in Sumdog Math Competitions, world high scores in the Achieve3000 reading program and multiple grants.

"Greg is a dynamic educator with a true passion for teaching and learning." "When you're in his classroom, Greg's energy and enthusiasm are contagious," said Dr. Hazel Rowe, interim superintendent for Waco ISD. "If you're a colleague in his building, Greg is a true mentor helping you to hone your craft. There's no doubt that Greg truly deserves this recognition."

Achievements:
Recognized twice as the top 2nd-grade teacher in Waco ISD
2018/2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Waco ISD
2018/19 Dean Highland Outstanding Elementary Teacher
2018, 2017 Sumdog Math Competition- National Champion
2016 Waco ISD 2nd-Grade District Rock Star

Oubre said that as a regional award winner, he is devoted to inspiring teachers to think of possibilities, instead of limitations. "There are new ideas about teaching that are reforming education and creating incredible results," said Oubre. "For students to do great things, they need great teachers who will believe in them and challenge them. Great teachers are always learning, adapting, growing and inspiring. We must learn from our students so that we can teach them more effectively."

Oubre has a Bachelor in Liberal Arts in Social Studies and holds several certifications, including one in English as a Second Language and one as a Whole Brain Certified Instructor. The Waco ISD teacher is married to Lilly, a third-grade teacher in Midway ISD, and they have one daughter.

About Texas Teacher of the Year
Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher. Facilitated by TASA, the program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

About ESC Region 12

Education Service Center Region 12 focuses on helping schools save money and leverage resources into the classroom. One of 20 regional education service centers statewide, ESC Region 12 offers training and expert assistance to educators and school personnel in order to increase student achievement. ESC Region 12 offers effective, economical programs and services through professional development, expert assistance, direct services and alternative educator certification. Based in Waco, ESC Region 12 serves 77 school districts and 12 charter schools in Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Mills and Navarro counties.