Our high school honoree notes that each year provides the opportunity to start fresh with a new group of striving learners and with it comes the chance to unlock more of their untapped potential. With a faded mug emblazed with the words “Teaching is the Art of Discovery” as her prompt, she continues quietly reflecting on how she can be her best self for her students. Her work includes adapting the English I curriculum to meet the needs of our diverse learners, managing special education students with various learning disabilities as well as English learners also overcoming cultural differences, and several students who have a record of behavioral issues that drastically affect attendance. Her goal each year is to create a learning environment that inspires small success to build student confidence in order to reach the highest objectives. She also notes that any success from her classroom is a culmination of many people working together and collaborative is key to her practice adding that she believes her position as a classroom teacher is unique due to hosting a range of students who all have strong advocates inside and outside the school. Her solution-driven attitude sparked an innovative effort with the district ELA Facilitator to address needs of many other teachers in the district. One letter of reference states that they can’t think of anyone who better demonstrates excellence in the field by guiding students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence. Her test scores continue to meet and exceed state standards and the strong foundation that she builds into underachieving students serves them well as they proceed through high school and graduate on time, enhancing our cohort rate. Known as an inspiration to others, she is an ideal selection as High School Teacher of the Year. Ladies and gentlemen, from Ruston High School, Katherine Walker.