On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield was honored to recognize its Student and Teacher of the month for December.
Cassidy is a senior at Mansfield Lake Ridge High School, has an estimated GPA of 96 and is currently ranked 81st in her class of 523 students. She has been a member of Lake Ridge’s Cross Country Team for 4 years and recently took 3rd place in her Division at the Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K. In 2014 and 2015 she received the Lady’s Cross Country Most Improved Award and in 2016 the Lady’s Cross Country Eagle Heart Award. She is also a member of Key Club, the Teacher Association of Future Educators, the Athletic Leadership Council, and Duel Credit Ambassadors. As a Duel Credit Ambassador, Cassidy takes classes at Lake Ridge HS and Tarrant County Community College.
After graduation, Cassidy plans to attend TCU and study Early Childhool Education. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys reading, walking her dog, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. Also in attendance for her receipt of the Student of the Month Award was Cassidy’s mom, Celeste Lindell.
The Mansfield Kiwanis are extremely proud to recognize Cassidy as a Student of the Month. We know she will accomplish wonderful things in the future and wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors. We also hope that she will consider becoming a part of the “K Family” after graduation from high school by joining a Circle K or Kiwanis Club.
Michelle Gonzales, a Kindergarten teacher from Elizabeth Smith Elementary School, is the December 2017 Teacher of the Month. Ms. Gonzales has been with Mansfield ISD (and Elizabeth Smith Elemenary) for 5 years. She has been an educator for 12 years with all but one of those years as a Kindergarten teacher.
Ms. Gonzales teaching style incorporates the world that our children live in–a world of technology and not paper and pencil. She routinely uses social media to connect with other educators around the world to explore with the children how students in different regions approach school. For example, Ms. Gonzales’ class recently used Skype to speak with students in a Kindergarten class in Minnesota. The Minnesota class was shocked to learn that Ms. Gonzales’ class couldn’t go to recess that day because the temperature was in the 40’s. The Minnesota class routinely takes recess when the temperature was 40 degrees and lower.
Also in attendance for Ms. Gonzales’ receipt of the award was Lea Boiles, the Principal at Elizabeth Smith Elementary. Ms. Boiles gave a brief update on activities at Elizabeth Smith and described Ms. Gonzales as an amazing teacher that conitnues to improve her craft by researching new educational techiniques and strategies for children.
Thank you Ms. Gonzalesfor your commitment to the children of Mansfield and congratulations on being named as the Mansfield Kiwanis the Teacher of the Month!