Episode 49: Teaching Excellence with Sherman Batiste
Sherman Batiste is Fort Bend ISD’s Teacher of the Year. Sherman graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville with a Master’s Degree in sociology. He is also a graduate of Fort Bend Marshall High School and received a scholarship to play football at his alma mater. Although you might think this phenomenal teacher is ordinary up to this point in the story, he faced adversity as he experienced one of our country’s largest natural disasters in recent history and ensuing displacement.
Sherman was one of the students, who came to Texas. He overcame poverty and adversity as he found support from principals and coaches to complete his education. Before social-emotional education was a buzzword, his varsity football coach and mentor Dennis Brantly applied some of the same techniques, which Sherman credits for his current success in teaching.
In this episode, we discuss how relationship-building is at the core of teaching and learning. We also discuss how facing adversity can be transformed into a motivation to strive for excellence in teaching.
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