Westchester Academy for International Studies 2014 Teacher of the Year - Kristin Thompson

Kristin Thompson
Westchester Academy for International Studies
Grade 7, Pre-Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, Language Arts/Social Studies

Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2010

Teaching History                                    
Westchester Academy for International Studies, Spring Branch ISD, 2010-Present

Four years total of teaching experience
In her own words…

“My teaching philosophy is simple, yet passionate. I run an organized classroom, based on how the students wish to learn and inquire. Students of mine understand their importance to me and learn that with the support of a caring teacher, they can become a successful student and citizen. It is a teacher’s responsibility to set high expectations for their students because our students today are our future. I believe with this philosophy, I am creating prosperous, well-rounded members of society.”

In the words of others…

“Mrs. Thompson is a team player and has served on a variety of committees for Westchester, including a leadership role on the Campus Improvement Team and the 7th Grade English Language Arts and Social Studies team. Mrs. Thompson’s passion for our students extends beyond her work in the classroom, and includes efforts to enhance the social-emotional learning opportunities for our student body.”
Jennifer Collier, WAIS Director

“Mrs. Thompson incorporates strategies from various reading, writing and social studies staff development sessions to create exciting and engaging lessons. From getting students to brainstorm different ways to describe something and then incorporate those ideas as they write about their Book Club book to having students create advertisements to encourage new settlers to come to Texas.”                           
 –Kathy Menotti, WAIS Assistant Director

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
Teacher of the Week, Westchester Academy for International Studies, January 2014
Texas State Teachers Association, 2012, 2013-Present
Campus Improvement Team (CIT), Westchester Academy for International Studies, 2010-2012


Spring Branch ISD