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Alisha Graham, Teacher of the Year

As a 5th year teacher, I am extremely grateful to be recognized as this year’s Teacher of the Year. Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana, I did not aspire to attend college to further my education, let alone pursue a career in education. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina change my life. Despite all the devastation, my family relocated to Houston, Texas where I attended Challenge Early College High School. Throughout my four years, I earned over 60 college credit hours. This focused my attention on teaching and counseling.

 In 2013, I graduated from Angelo State University with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Professional Education. I was also able to earn certificates in Human Development and Mental Health Problems and Preventions. In 2018, I complete my Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling. My courses and experiences has taught me that teaching requires more than helping students master the curriculum, but that teachers must help students grow socially and emotionally.


            During my five years in Alief, I have taught Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. I have participated as a member of several committees such as AVID, Above and Beyond, SDC while also sponsoring student organizations such as the 2019-2020 Mata Eagle Cheerleaders. I am honored to represent Mata Intermediate School as the 2020 Teacher of the Year!