Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Sheila Larang Whittle

Sheila Larang Whittle
Spring Oaks Middle School

8th Grade - English Language Arts

Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., Bachelor of Science in Education, Magna cum Laude, 2006

English Language Arts (Grades 4-8), English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental, Special Education, English

Teaching History
Spring Oaks Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade English Language Arts, 2013-Present
Linwood Middle School, Linwood, N.J., Special Education Resource Language Arts and Other Subjects, 2006-2011

Total Years in Education - 7 Years

In her own words . . .

“This quote by Nelson Henderson encompasses what motivates me as a teacher: ‘The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.’ Helping students realize their potential, understand their worth, and suddenly ‘get it’ are the greatest rewards teaching has to offer. Every day, my goal is to nurture and grow these students into the people they are to become.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Whittle stands out by what she does and not by what she says. Never the one to draw attention to herself, but always the first one to volunteer to help out, go the extra mile for her students and her co-workers. Always the first person to smile, laugh and offer words of encouragement and support.”
- Paul Seuss, Spring Oaks Middle Principal

“Being a good teacher, as anyone who has been in the trenches knows, is so much more than classroom instruction. It’s about relationships – with students, with other teachers, with parents, with administration, with staff. Sheila knows this, and lives it out every single day.”
- Kelly Treleaven, Spring Oaks Middle English Language Arts


Spring Branch ISD