BHS teacher ranked top in statewide group

Tanya Williams, the PAL (Peer Assistance Leader) teacher at Brady High School, has been selected as a Master PAL Teacher for the state of Texas. She is one of only 16 teachers in the entire state to receive this honor. Mrs. Williams was chosen by a selection committee which reviewed her extensive application; letters of recommendation from students, parents and colleagues; the quality of the PAL program in Brady High School; the commitment, dedication and the impressive contributions of Mrs. Williams to the field of peer assistance and mentoring. “The competition was very intense and many candidates were considered’all of whom had excellent qualifications,” said Jane Nethercut, Master PAL Teacher System coordinator. “This is truly an achievement of great magnitude, and Mrs. Williams has certainly earned the distinction of being a Master PAL Teacher for the state of Texas.” As a Master PAL Teacher, she will help assist new or struggling PAL teachers in developing strong and viable programs under her mentorship. She and her fellow Master PAL Teachers will also serve as a field-based sounding board to the organization on issues of importance to the peer assistance field in Texas. “I feel really honored to have been selected,” said Mrs. Williams, “however, the PAL students had a big part in my selection for this honor. “The PAL students are here to help other students in all grade levels with whatever problem or obstacle they’re faced with. PAL provides several kids an older figure and friend to look up to.” Mrs. Williams will be recognized for her selection as a Master PAL Teacher during the next BISD school board meeting scheduled for Friday, May 25. “Mrs. Williams has done an outstanding job of developing a very successful PAL program in our district,” said BISD Supt. Max Gordon. “She has spent many hours with high school students in developing mentoring skills.”

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