Shelley Jeoffroy, a fifth-grade math teacher at Otis Brown Elementary in Irving ISD, was named the 2023 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. Jeoffroy was chosen to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition, so she will have the title of 2023 Texas Teacher of the Year.
Jeoffroy's career in education spans 17 years, with the past 15 years in Irving. Over the years, she has taught all subjects, but primarily math and science. She also has made educational contributions globally, serving students in Kenya, Peru, Mexico, and Morocco.
“Having witnessed the possibilities while working with very economically challenged students in a variety of countries, I have advocated for more innovative opportunities for students in my American classrooms,” she said. “I pushed for lessons as a district curriculum writer that allowed for not simply the presentation and confirmation of knowledge, but that afforded scholars the chance to be inventive with their new learning and skills. … At first, my American students were somewhat resistant as this wasn’t their normal educational experience. However, with time, their confidence grew, and they flourished. They would approach any new knowledge with a sense of assurance and bravery, and innovativeness became second nature. … Students were much more engaged and invested because they were now the actual pilots not just the passengers.”
Jeoffroy holds a BA in English and biology from The University of Texas in Arlington, where she also attended graduate school.
Chris McLeod, a rocket engineering teacher from Brazosport ISD, was named the 2023 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Also honored at the Texas Teacher of the Year awards luncheon was Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year Lori Harlin, Celina High School, Celina ISD.