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Brother Greg Mayo - Distinguished Educator of the Year

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By TallDavid - Posted on 18 December 2011

53 Congratulations are in order for brother Thomas Greg Mayo (SHSU 1987) who was recently named the 2011 Distinguished Educator of the Year - Secondary Teacher by Sam Houston State University’s School of Education. Greg was recognized for “expertise and outstanding service in the classroom, school, district and community, as well as their contributions to the field and society.”


From KBTX:

Distinguished Secondary Teacher

Thomas Mayo, the speech and debate teacher at Ross Shaw Sterling High School, in Houston school district, strives to impact “the lives of young people by guiding them one step closer to their own dreams.”

“The greatest compensation I could ever receive is seeing young people achieve success at various levels with my contributions, so matter how small,” he said.

Mayo has taught at Cy-Fair, Mayde Creek, Humble and Westfield high schools. At Sterling High School, he is also the fine arts department chair and UIL academic coordinator.

Working with large minority populations and at a school where one-quarter of the student body is considered “at risk,” there have been times throughout his career where he’s been “out of my comfort zone” and “truly put to the test.”

“Though Sterling High School is not as culturally diverse as the schools I had taught at previously, the students come from a much lower socio-economic background than I had ever been exposed to,” Mayo said. “If I could have an impact on the students here, many of which only dream of attending college, I felt this would be my most significant contribution to education.”

His contributions have not gone unnoticed. He has received multiple teaching awards at his previous high schools and was named 2009 Ross Shaw Sterling High School Teacher of the Year, as well as a nominee for Houston Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year.

“I have seen Mr. Mayo go above and beyond the call and nature of his assignment to help the students he serves,” one nominator said. “I have seen him work many long hours with students that others may have labeled hopeless, preparing for debate tournaments. I have seen some astounding results because of his refusal to quit working for the good of his students.”

“When I reflect on my thirteen years as a Speech and Debate teacher, I lose count on the number of accomplishments that I have seen my students experience and achieve,” Mayo said. “I would not be the teacher I am today if it were not for my students. I am only a reflection of them, as I continue to grow through them.”

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