Roxann Patrick has been teaching English at Copperas Cove High School for the past seven years.
English is a required course, not one students are able to choose and usually not one that is a favorite. But, it is a required course for graduation. Patrick not only teaches her students well enough to get them through the course, but she also makes it enjoyable.
Patrick was selected as the Copperas Cove High School’s nominee for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Teacher of the Year this year.
Principal Miguel Timarky has worked with Patrick since she arrived at the school and knows her work and her teaching methods well.
“Looking at the 2016-2017 school year alone, all of her students received passing scores on the English end-of-course state exams,” Timarky said. “She plans, organizes, and knows that she is impacting each student. She is outstanding, innovative, caring, and goes above and beyond the call of duty … all of these words describe Ms. Patrick.”
Timarky said Patrick makes sure her students are prepared for their EOC state exams.
“She is tough, caring and determined her students leave her class prepared for advanced placement classes,” Timarky said. “Roxann creates new and exciting ways to guide students and teachers alike.”
As a mentor teacher, Patrick has guided teachers into teaching, at times, reminding them to do what is best for the students.
Patrick serves as the team leader of the high school’s professional learning team, a high-performing collaborative team of teachers that functions as a professional learning community and is the heart and soul of the school.
As an effective leader, she ensures lesson plans and activities are geared toward student success.
Patrick’s philosophy is students’ needs come first over the paperwork, testing and other requirements that still must be done but are secondary.
“Ms. Patrick is an amazing lady who cares about every student, every teacher, every administrator,” Timarky said.
“The consummate professional and a true educator — this is Roxann Patrick. Students leave her class knowing they can conquer and overcome any obstacle they face.”
Patrick joined the Copperas Cove Independent School District in 2010.