By Samantha Solliday

    A teacher known for her competitive spirit and winning attitude won another special award at Reeces Creek Elementary School.

    The Killeen ISD Education Foundation and human resources crew followed several of the Reeces Creek staff members to Susie Douglas’ portable classroom.

    The crowd knocked on the door and when Douglas opened it, her eyes widened in surprised as she let the group enter the room.

    Principal Michelle Taylor sang Douglas’ praises as she explained to the group why she nominated the longtime teacher to be the Elementary Teacher Spotlight for the Month.

    “You bring us together as a team,” said Taylor. “You’re the reason we win things like the Superintendent’s Cup.

    “The things that you do for your students is amazing and you are amazing. I am so excited for you to receive this award.”

    With a smile on her face and tears in her eyes, Douglas was grateful to the Reeces Creek family.

    The Killeen native and veteran educator loves to teach and loves working with her co-workers.

    “I’ve been in education for 23 years and 16 of those have been teaching here at Reeces Creek,” she said. “I get to watch these kids grow up. I love it here.”

    Douglas enjoys the competitive, but fun atmosphere that the campus provides and is excited to share that competitive nature with her students.

    “I moved to teaching physical education half-day and it has been so much fun sharing new experiences with the students.”

    While Douglas wishes at times that she had more time in the day for lessons, she just wants her students to learn to be successful adults that can rise to any occasion.

    “I want them to learn that they can push through any challenge, no matter how tough it might be at first,” she stated.

    For Douglas, it has always been a priority to continually learn new things and to share her love of learning with her students.

    “I always look for new ways to motivate my students and get them excited about PE, math and reading. I want them to have fun and be engaged in their learning,” she said.

    “I just want to thank principal Taylor,” said Douglas. “When I come up with ideas, she always supports them, and thank you to my husband who works with me and is always supportive. I really appreciate this.”

    May 16, 2018

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