CPISD Teacher, Bobby Mays, left, was named October Teacher of the Month,
at Como-Pickton. He is presented the award by High School Principal, Dustin Carr.
Names Teacher of the Month For October
This year, the CPCISD campus principals decided to initiate a Teacher of the Month program to recognize outstanding educators for their dedication, professionalism and work in the classroom. As a small token of appreciation, the Teacher of The Month is awarded a Certificate of Appreciation, gift certificates by our local sponsor, Chili’s Sulphur Springs, reserved front row parking, and recognition on the school webpage and area news.
Students, staff, parents, alumni, and community members may visit our schools website at www.cpcisd.net for more information and to cast their votes. We are very excited to recognize, Mr. Bobby Mays, High School English Teacher, as our first Teacher of the Month for October. Mr. Mays consistently and continually goes above and beyond for our students, staff, and community.
Recently he was preparing stew at our schools campsite during the annual Hopkins County Stew Contest. Just this week he dressed up as Arthur “Boo” Radley, from To Kill A Mockingbird. According to one of his nominators and former students, “he is the best teacher I have ever had. He not only taught me out of the book but from real life experiences.” Another nominator stated, “He is understanding of youthful thinking. When asked for advice or help, he explains it in a way which would best help the student.” Other nominators listed his many contributions to both the school and community. One nominator stated, “Mr. Mays was born to teach and I am blessed my child was his student.” I am attaching the “Boo” photo, Mr. Carr, High School Principal awarding Mr. Mays his certificate photo, and the following information submitted by Mr. Mays.
Mr. Mays as "Boo Radney!"
"I came to Como-Pickton School as the result of a mid-life career change. I worked in advertising for almost twenty years as a proofreader, typesetter, software operator, electronic publisher, and manager. My job duties were outsourced, as was that of most of my colleagues.I was raised here and went to high school here. While I am appreciative of the education that I received, university life was difficult. I had trouble transitioning to the pace and rigor. I never felt unprepared, but I always knew that I could have been better prepared," expressed Mays.
"I love this community. It is my home. I love these people. These are my people. When I began substituting here, it was only on a temporary basis. Shortly after I lost my job, I hurt my arm very badly and could not seek work. I came back home so that I could “get back on my feet.” That was eight years ago!" continues Mays."I feel that much of what I have done in life has been in preparation for what I am now doing. The knowledge from of the ad agency transfers well to language study and the technical skills that I learned serve me and my students well in adapting to a changing world. My familiarity with the community helps me to hopefully be able to retain a sense of compassion toward our students and to relate to their circumstances."
Mostly, I have always wanted to learn. I don’t care a lot for flash or fame, but I do care about a carefully constructed sentence that expresses what the heart feels and what the mind knows to be true.," finished Bobby Mays. "Being able to witness that journey every day is a blessing, and that is why I do what I do!"