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February MVP Involves Students in Learning

“We learned our ABC’s by singing so why stop there,” explained Caitlin Weeks, music teacher at Meador Elementary.

For her creative methods of involving students in the learning process, Weeks was named Willis ISD’s Most Valuable Player for February 2016.

“Caitlin is instrumental in everything we do here at Meador Elementary,” stated Principal Nan Seith. “She always has ideas for any presentation we might have and turns them into wonderful performances for all to see and enjoy.”

“I really like Ms. Weeks because she is just so interactive and active,” stated one Meador student. “It’s very fun when we go to her class.”

The University of Houston graduate with a degree in Music Education often arrives at school early to work with the honor choir and the handbell choir and stays late for rehearsals and performances.

“I believe that getting students involved is key to learning,” stated Weeks.  “When we have a show, the students are running the teleprompter, operating the lights and taking care of the props.  I could talk to them all day about what they need to work on, but they really grow from the experience and from actually doing it.”

Another Meador student echoes the excitement of learning in her class.

“I like Ms. Weeks’ class because we get to learn about new things and new instruments.  She is an amazing music teacher.”

Weeks believes that her impact on students doesn’t end at the classroom door.  She strives to be a role model in the hallway, the cafeteria, and even the grocery store. 

“Raising up the next generation is the most crucial responsibility that I have,” explained Weeks.

When asked what excites her the most about going to work each day, Weeks quickly declared, “That I have another chance to teach and hopefully make a difference in the lives of almost 800 students.”

Weeks not only teaches music and engineers performances, but guided her honor and handbell choirs to chair a food drive in December that resulted in a donation of over 3,800 pounds of food. 

“Caitlin does an outstanding job for our district,” stated WISD Superintendent Tim Harkrider. “We focus on reading, math, science and social studies, but fine arts are also a large part of the education of our children.”

“The performances she puts together are always first class and putting the students in leadership roles is an added benefit,” Harkrider continued.  “She is a valued member of Willis ISD and the team at Meador.”

Click here to watch Weeks involve her students in the learning process.

The next MVP Award will be presented at the regular meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the Cargill Education Center, 204 West Rogers in Willis.