Campus Elementary 2016 Teacher of the Year - Selma Prewitt

Selma Prewitt
Thornwood Elementary
Third-grade ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher


Bachelor of Science in Education, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1991

Teaching History

Thornwood Elementary, Third-Grade ESL, 1999-Present
Thornwood Elementary, Fourth-Grade ESL, 1993-1999
York Elementary School, Pike-Delta-York School District, Ohio, Part-time Remedial Math teacher, Feb.-May, 1992

Total Years in Education - 22 Years

In her own words . . .

“My philosophy regarding education is pretty simple: Teach with common sense and an eye toward the future. I don’t have any magical powers to help my students succeed, but I do have common sense and grit. Both of these qualities are what makes me a teacher who gets results from students, both academically and socially. ”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Prewitt is always searching for innovative ways to teach academic curriculum and life lessons that students will carry with them for years to come. She goes above and beyond in making sure that her students leave her class with a new foundation for learning. On any day, you can walk into her classroom and you will see her students engaged in an exciting learning project. She always demonstrates to students a variety of strategies to help them read or comprehend reading, writing, science and math.”
Caitlin Perkins, Thornwood Elementary third-grade teacher

“Ms. Prewitt is an expert in providing structure for her students followed by high expectations while demonstrating compassion which brings about success for all students. She also has a special way with developing these same strong relationships with her parents, which builds trust and creates a successful partnership for her students.”
Lynn Austin, Thornwood Elementary principal


Spring Branch ISD