November Teacher of the Month: Jenelle Carpenter

Each month, Marshall ISD celebrates the outstanding contributions of our campus faculty to the overall educational experience of our students. These professionals work countless extra hours at home, on weekends, and over holiday breaks with one focus in mind -- to make MISD and their campus Marshall Proud and Maverick Strong for our students.

The Teacher of the Month for November 2017 at Price T. Young Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Ms. Nakeisha Adams Pegues, is Jenelle Carpenter, fourth-grade Reading/Writing teacher.

"Jenelle works continuously to make sure her students are grasping what they need," said Ms. Pegues in making her nomination. "Students respect her and work hard for her. She loves her craft and is always trying to perfect it. She works well with her team and is always acting as the friend, sister, mother, or whatever is needed to her colleagues. She has a great attitude toward anything we ask of her. She fights for her students and this alone makes her the teacher of the month for November."

hendersonTeacher: Jenelle Carpenter

Hometown/High School: Marshall, TX/Marshall HS ('87)

Degree Earned/College: B.S. Elementary Education/Texas A&M Commerce ('91)

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: First Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade; currently teaching Fourth Grade ELA

Family: Robert and Margaret Carpenter (parents); two cats, Suki and Sundae

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "Gardening, traveling...I love planting flowers in the spring as well as some veggies and herbs. Fall is here so I am enjoying my fall raised bed garden."

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I knew I wanted to be a teacher because I always loved playing school. Plus, teaching is in my blood. I have lots of family members in education. Some are retired. I recall seeing my Dad get up and get ready for school each morning and hearing other family members light up when talking about this profession."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "I see my most important role in teaching as being a role model to our future leaders. I take time daily just to talk to my students about life and what it takes to be a good person. I always tell them to look ahead because you will not always be 9- and 10- years old! Prepare now for the future."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"One of my most influential teachers was my second grade teacher, Loretta Williams Noiel. She was always so kind and gentle, but we knew she meant business. My parents were my first "teachers", they also meant and still do mean business!"

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "In the future, I hope to become a licensed counselor and then a psychologist. I am now (trying) starting on my first book for children. Stay tuned!"
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