Meet the GISD educators who exemplify the Learner Profile

GISD learner profile

When the Georgetown ISD Learner Profile was created with input from the community, it created a standard in learning for all students and educators. Together, we created this picture of success for our students to ensure they graduate as happy, healthy, hard-working members of society.

The GISD Learner:

  • Communicates, collaborates, and applies critical thinking
  • Creates and innovates
  • Obtains knowledge through inquiry and exploration
  • Adapts and perseveres
  • Develops self-knowledge and personal responsibility
  • Builds and models respectful relationships

The Learner Profile doesn’t apply to just students. Educators model the characteristics we ask our students to adopt. Learn more about a few of the inspiring educators who have dedicated their lives to preparing our students for their life after high school.

Terri Henry GISDTerri Henry

Project Lead the Way
Benold Middle School

What does the GISD Learner Profile mean to you?

The GISD Learner Profile is something that I have always strived to provide for my students. I want them to question why, to be persistent in finding their answers, and to share their knowledge through communication and exploration. I have always believed that hands-on learning is the key to mental learning. Relationships are important in my classroom. I treat the students as I would want someone to treat my own children.

What inspires you to continue your education with initiatives like the NASA summer program and Chamber of Commerce-sponsored externship?

I have always loved learning and have the same expectations of myself that I have for my students. That is, we should strive to be lifelong learners. Learning opens so many doors and possibilities.

I have been a part of a continuing education group called the Texas Regional Collaborative for Science for over 12 years. Through this program, I have had opportunities that I never would have imagined or been offered. I have studied and climbed wind turbines, worked on an Oil Derrick, traveled and learned from NASA employees and Astronauts in Houston and Florida, and visited four different states learning about geology. Everything I learn I bring back to my classroom. They look forward to new labs and new ideas that they can relate to their world. Science is always changing and providing new learning experiences, so we should be taking advantage of our opportunities.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

I love working with middle schoolers and watching them get excited about learning. I love the feeling I get when the hard work that my students have done for a project is rewarded in big ways. I have participated in lots of competitions with students and seen the smiles and screams of joy when they do well. Knowing that I was able to help facilitate them to that level makes all of the extra time and effort worthwhile. To have those students come back time and time again to work with me every year means a lot to me.

Georgetown RocketryBrandon Bowen

Rocketry
East View and Georgetown High School

What does the GISD Learner Profile mean to you?

The GISD Learner Profile envisions students who will excel at whatever they do and against any challenges that come their way. If a student truly has these attributes grown in them, they will be the one that will shape not just their future, but the future of the world.

Other than how to build a rocket, what skills do you impart in your students with the rocketry program?

Through SystemsGo, students develop strong collaboration and problem-solving skills. They learn and live the research design and development process for delivering a product from a problem statement. Even after the students defend their design in front of a community panel, there are always unexpected problems that they must adapt their design to. In addition to all of this, the students learn how to work inside a budget, decide what parts of the rocket are best to spend a little more money on, and communicate with the companies who make the products when the students need more information.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is when the students take ownership of their rocket and learning so completely that they know and understand far more about their design than anyone else in the world. The evidence of this class being highly student-driven is blatantly apparent when the students are answering questions and justifying their work to NASA engineers and other industry professionals with a big smile on their face.

Georgetown Veterinary MedicineZach Brown

Veterinary Medicine
Georgetown High School

What does the GISD Learner Profile mean to you?

It’s what we should be doing every day as teachers. It’s what we are trained to do. It’s getting kids engaged with hands-on learning. They’re not just sitting there and doing lecture-style learning; we’re getting them prepared for real-world skills.

What makes the GISD veterinary medicine program and the dog grooming program unique?

We have these “dirty dog days” where teachers get to bring in their dogs. We treat the classroom as a veterinary clinic and students intake the pet and put in all their information into cloud-based software. Students wear scrubs and it’s a full grooming experience—everything from brushing to de-matting, bathing, and even clipping. Throughout the day, students take turns walking each animal and at the end, students have to prepare invoices. It’s all donation-based ($20 suggested) but it’s something that interests the students.

The program allows students to work toward becoming a CVA (certified veterinary assistant). There are eight students this year that will take the test at the end of the year, and many of those students have aspirations to stay on the veterinary path during college.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing the kids get their CVA and watching the kids grow is incredibly rewarding. They start off as freshmen and each year they get more advanced. Several of them are thinking about becoming veterinarians and that CVA license is one extra thing on their resume. Not only do they learn animal skills, but they learn people skills too.

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