Left to right: Dr. Norma Salaiz, Director, RGV LEAD; Dr. Virginia Richter, Sharyland ISD Superintendent; James Boyle, History Teacher, Sharyland North Junior High School (2013 RGV LEAD Teacher the Year); Rene Capistran, President, Spawglass/RGV LEAD Board Chair

2013 Teacher of the Year

On December 12, 2013, James Boyle, a history Teacher at Sharyland North Junior High School, was named RGV LEAD’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. Boyle has been teaching for 23 years and has recently changed his style of teaching to keep up with the changes in technology, modeling for his students the way that technology is impacting the world, so that his students are ready to meet those challenges.

Boyle uses cooperative learning as the basis for instructional delivery to ensure all students are engaged. “He told me that the workplace requires people to work together, and the classroom should be no different. He has integrated technology into his classroom in many ways, and he genuinely cares about his students,” said Esteban Abrego, who nominated Mr. Boyle for the award.

Boyle received his award during RGV LEAD’s Regional Conference, a conference designed to equip educators to help youngsters for success in postsecondary education and in the world of work. During his acceptance speech, Boyle told the group: “This conference has inspired me to become a better educator. I think about all of the technological advances we have now, iPhone, iPods, computers, tablets, etc, and I ask myself, ‘How can I prepare myself for the unknown?’ This question is what inspires me to be a better teacher. Boyle finished his acceptance speech by stating, “We need to create free thinkers. We are the creators of free thinkers…that will rule the world and become inspirers themselves someday.”

Mr. Boyle has greatly impacted and transformed his students and classroom. Because of Boyle’s efforts to help the students of Sharyland ISD, RGV LEAD counts it a pleasure to honor this amazing educator!

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