On Thursday, September 7, 2017, Phil Stover was recognized at the Community Prayer Breakfast with the Gary Whetzel – Heart for the Community Award.
Phil has been a vital member of the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield since September 2005 serving in many leadership positions including President. The award was presented to Phil by Pastor David Alexander from Mansfield FUMC and he included quotes from community leaders about Phi such as: “a volunteer extraordinaire” and “when I think of a community hero [Phil] always comes to mind. Past recipients include Brenda Norwood and Pastor Mike Ramsdell.
Congratulations Phil! Your dedication to Mansfield children and Kiwanis is amazing. You’ve been such a blessing to our community and to the Feed the Kids Program. Thank you for all the love and service that you and Jackie bring to Mansfield.
The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was thrilled to honor its September Teacher of the Month, Brandon Williams of Friday, September 8, 2017. Mr. Williams teaches 7th Grade Math at T.A. Howard Middle School.
Mr. Williams accepted the award with amazing anecdotal stories on his philosophy of teaching, how he became a teacher and gave thanks to God and his mother for the blessings and the influence on his life.
Mr. Williams started teaching in his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He was inspired to become an educator by his 5th grade math teacher. Originally hired as a science teacher, Mr. Williams requested that he be reassigned to math since he believed that math was his true calling. His principal eventually relented and Mr. Williams found himself teaching math at an elementary school struggling to meet its mandated academic achievements.
Mr. Williams recalled his first year teaching and the challenges it presented that included many observations by TISD staff. These challenges helped him fine tune his craft and at the end of the year his students had a 96% pass rate for the Texas STAAR test, the highest pass rate in TISD for his grade level and subject.
After a brief time away from teaching, Mr. Williams returned to the classroom when he accepted the position of 7th grade math teacher at T.A. Howard Middle School 3 years ago.
Dr. Maria Gamell and other Howard administrators attended the award ceremony. Dr. Gamell informed the Club of the key role that Mr. Williams plays at Howard not just as a math teacher, but as a mentor and role model to the boys at the school.
Thank you Mr. Williams for your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!
September 2017 Student of the Month: Gloria Calderon
On Friday, September 8, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize a Student of the Month for September 2017: Gloria Calderon. Gloria is a senior at Mansfield Frontier High School and is the President of her Key Club. She is also active in the Student Council currently serving as the Parliamentarian and previously served as a Vice President while a junior. Gloria is very active in her church. She is especially active with her church’s children’s ministry and started a “dance” club for the children. Gloria also works at Sonic and in her spare time enjoys bowling.
After graduation, Gloria plans to attend Dallas Baptist University and hopes to become a doctor. Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award was her father, Jorge Calderon.
September 2017 Student of the Month: Emma Tran
The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was also honored to recognize Emma Tran as Student of the Month for September 2017. Emma is a senior at Mansfield High School, has an estimated GPA of 103.32 and is currently ranked 5th in her class of 566 students. She is President of her Key Club, Captain of the Debate and Speech Club, Secretary of Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Asian American Student Association, and a member of the Bell Guard. Emma also participates in UIL Academic competitions, a committee person for Mansfield Speaks, started Tutoring Tuesdays at Martha Reed Elementary last year, and raises funds for The Movement, an organization that helps individuals in Vietnam.
After graduation, Emma plans to attend college and is narrowing her choice from the following universities: UT, UTA, UTD, A&M, SMU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Harvard, Stanford, and UPenn.
In her free time, Emma enjoys playing sand volleyball, reading, hanging out with friends and spending time/helping out with her family at Temple. Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award were her parents, Tai Tran and Hoang Ly.
The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize these two outstanding students as Students of the Month. We know each of you will accomplish wonderful things in the future and wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. We also hope that you will consider becoming part of the “K Family” after your graduation from high school by joining a Circle K or Kiwanis Club.
We hope you enjoy reading about the two wonderful September students of the month, Gloria Calderon and Emma Tran, and the amazing Teacher of the Month, Brandon Williams from T.A. Howard Middle School in this week’s newsletter. The newsletter also congratulates Kiwanian Phil Stover for his receipt of the Gary Whetzel – Heart for the Community Award at last Thursday’s Community Prayer Breakfast.