For her energetic passion and creative methods of engaging students in meaningful conversations and higher level thinking about U. S. History, Peters was named Willis ISD’s Most Valuable Player for November 2015.
“Julie’s teaching strategies include utilizing the Socratic Method of questioning, integrating mobile devices with Google classroom, and developing excellent rapport with her students to bring out the best in each and every one of them,” stated Brabham Principal Kimmie Devillier.
Assistant Principal Eric Burns put it simply, “She is the epitome of good teaching.”
For her part, Peters is convinced that everyone has a deep desire to know about the world around them and feels that it is her calling to stir and fan that fire within her students. She strives to be “real” with her students, believing that encourages them to “jump through hoops and run through walls for you.”
“Julie came to me as a student teacher 11 years ago and I immediately knew that she had that spark about her that showed she cared for these kids and was going to find ways to help them learn history,” stated social studies department head Belinda Currey. “She comes up with original ideas like writing concepts on Lego blocks and then having the students compete to match up the blocks.”
Brabham student Peyton Payne commented that Peters has “ways of teaching us without us knowing that she’s teaching us.”
“I teach them like I would want to be taught,” explained the veteran educator. “I don’t want them to be afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”
So Peters encourages, pokes, prods and gently waits like a master story teller or game show host for the student thought process to catch up with her constant questions designed to elicit historical details. She gives each student a chance to shine, quietly nudging them in the right direction if they veer off-course.
“She connects to kids really well,” added Brabham Bobkat, Sloane Veronico. “She cares for every single person individually.”
The effervescent history teacher, who could give drama coaches a few lessons, teared up as she confirmed that her students mean the world to her.
“I just want them to improve and succeed,” stated Peters. “I want the best for each and every one of my students.”
“Julie is a dynamic teacher and her classroom is an exciting place to be,” confirmed WISD Superintendent Tim Harkrider. “She challenges herself and her students on a daily basis and I’m very glad that Julie’s on our team.”
The next MVP Award will be presented at the regular meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the Cargill Education Center, 204 West Rogers in Willis.