Congrats HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Ms Lesher

Congrats HSWCHS Teacher of the Year Ms Lesher
Posted on 05/27/2020
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Every year, the HSSD proudly honors a Teacher of the Year for each of our schools. Teachers are nominated for the honor by their peers. The leadership team at each school asks those nominated to submit information about their work as an educator, and carefully reviews all responses before selecting the annual Teacher of the Year.

All six HSSD Teachers of the Year are then considered interviewed for the HSSD District Teacher of the Year by an outside committee of community members. Join us in celebrating each of our Teachers of the Year by hearing from all six outstanding educators in interviews and videos provided here. The 2020 HSSD District Teacher of the Year will be announced on Friday, May 29.

Congratulations to Hot Springs World Class High School Teacher of the Year Angi Lesher. 

Angi has taught for six years at the Hot Springs School District. She boasts, “I’ve been a Trojan my entire life!.” She attended Oaklawn, Langston, Southwest, and then graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1999. Since 2014, Ms. Lesher has taught English in classes for students ranging year-to-year from 9th-11th grade. 


Why did you become a teacher?

“I have the best career in the world! I love learning and exploring. Teaching gives me the ability to make content come alive and hopefully inspires students to keep learning. I want to give students the experience I always wanted when I was a student. I get to change the world one day and one life at a time.”


“I am passionate about my students and their futures. I want to open as many doors as I can for them because there is so much world to explore. It is not always pretty or kind, sometimes it is ugly and terrifying, but it is up to each of us to leave our communities better than we found them. I have the opportunity to show them the good and the not so great and help them find ways to improve what is important to them. And we get to read some pretty cool books and have some pretty intense conversations along the way.” 


What is your favorite/most inspiring story about your career in teaching?
I have so many. The moments that stick with me the most are when students have their ‘ah-ha’ moments. They make a connection and the pieces all come together. My heart swells when they light up. I am a total softy, and I have cried on more than one occasion for my pride in them. The moments that fill my cup are when they come back and tell me how much I mattered and how what I taught them helped. It always floors me when I realize how much I can impact their lives. This responsibility is so precious and valuable, and I get to do it every day. My favorite parts of teaching are the relationships I get to build. No matter what, once you’re in my classroom and sometimes those who aren’t, you’re my kid forever!”


If you could give one message to your students, that you hope they remember above all other things that you've taught them, what would it be?


“To give grace. Sometimes life is unfair and unkind. Sometimes everything that is supposed to go one way goes another. And if it does, it’s ok. We try again. We give ourselves the grace to grieve, and then we get up and we do it again. But this time we are a little wiser and better equipped. It is ok not to be amazing at it the first time, but my most important lesson has been to give grace. We never know the struggles others are fighting and other times we are our own worst critics, but with grace, we get extra chances to make it right.”


VIDEO: Hear/watch more from Ms. Lesher about why education is so important, and what she hopes for all students to remember in a video spotlight, here.

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