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2020-21 SMS Teacher of the Year
Mr. Coach Hartley
Mr. Hartley is the model when it comes to sculpting and cultivating motivated contributing citizens through both success and failure, while broadening our students horizons and building their confidence.
This is how he is described by his colleagues:
Mr. Hartley does whatever it takes to help our students, school, and staff. He approaches all situations with student success in mind and heart. He is always thinking about our kids when they are in class, at lunch, the halls, and extracurricular events. He always puts students first. He greets them each period and says good-bye at dismissal. Mr. Hartley can joke with students, but is also known to show a firm hand as needed to show he cares when students need that redirection. When it comes to campus rules Mr. Hartley always holds students and teachers accountable. He builds relationships with some of our toughest students and helps them learn the skills needed to be successful. Additionally, he facilitates some really cool projects, some of which students will always remember. To some students he is simply known as Coach, as he also serves on the Track and Field coaching team. Every day he goes out at lunch to play sports with our students.
Furthermore, he works to make Simon a better place not only for students, but for teachers and staff members. He is the epitome of a servant leader. He has a dedication to our campus that is invaluable and he does so without pomp and circumstance. This year he took on many leadership roles and soared in the midst of the challenges and uncertainties we faced. He overcame many obstacles with grace, humor, and success. We are grateful for their hard work on the COVID safety plan, managing the electives team, and serving as the UIL coordinator. He is a Simon Middle School superstar!!! Our Teacher of the Year is Mr. Hartley!!!!!!!