Teacher Spotlight: Jessica Lewis

Lewis receives her spotlight pen from the KISD Education Foundation.
By: Samantha Solliday
 A dedicated teacher known for her love of the “Iduma family” is the Killeen ISD Elementary Teacher Spotlight for the Month.
Blasting noisemakers and sirens, school administrators joined human resources and Education Foundation representatives to surprise a teacher worthy of the special honor.
Iduma Elementary School teacher Jessica Lewis was moving around the room, working with her students, when her door swung open and the room filled with staff and the spotlight award crew.
Nominator and Principal Katy Bohannon laughed and gave Lewis a hug while the teacher stood in astonishment as the crowd celebrated her.
“Ms. Lewis is so dedicated to this campus, staff and students,” said Bohannon. “Everyone here is her family, and she loves everyone. We are blessed to have her here at Iduma.”
The teacher accepted her goody bag and certificate and hugs were shared. The teacher still couldn’t believe that she had been selected for the honor.
A product of Killeen ISD, the popular teacher always knew that she wanted to teach and give back to the school district that gave her so much.
“I have other family members that are teachers, so I always knew that I wanted to teach,” she stated. “I knew that I wanted to give back to Killeen ISD since they gave me my strong academic foundation.”
The teacher of three years loves sharing experiences with her second-graders.
“That’s really the best part of my job,” said Lewis. “I love seeing them experience things for the first time. There is always something to learn.”
Lewis knows that every student requires different methods of teaching and that can be a difficult hurdle to overcome, but for the teacher, it is well worth the effort.
“Meeting all of their needs all of the time can be a challenge, but they always deserve your hard work and effort all the time.”
During each unit of inquiry in the Primary Years Program that Iduma uses, Lewis takes the time to weave in lessons about how to be better people to each other.
“I want to teach them how to be the best person that they can be,” she said. “I want them to think about how to interact with each other and how to care for people. Those are always key things that I try to touch on, in every unit.”
Thanking the Iduma staff, the second-grade team and Bohannon, Lewis said she wants to keep growing as a teacher and to keep her students engaged in their learning.
“I always want to improve the way I teach and learn new things that will keep my students excited about learning. This means so much to me. Thank you.”