Stafford MSD recognize “Teacher of the Year”
By Karen Daniels
A sixth grade math teacher at Stafford MSD Intermediate school, Ms. Bani Chakrabarty, was honored with the Teacher of the Year designation for the “A Day Made Better” by Office Max Corporation. On average a teacher spends approximately $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies. “A Day Made Better” is a one-day event that awards more than 1,000 teachers across the US with $1,000 in school supplies, brining attention to the issue of teacher-funded classrooms. Since its inception, Office Max has surprised more than 6,700 teachers and donated $8.85 million in supplies to classrooms across the country since its inception in 2007.
Intermediate Principal, Charmaine Garcia, said that Ms. Chakrabarty is one of the “hardest working teachers and goes to the ends of the earth for her students.” Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Chakrabarty attended a four-year college in India, receiving a degree in chemistry and biology in 1985. Years later she attended the University of Houston-Downtown to obtain her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies-Elementary; graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2005.
“As a teacher, I try to instill in my students the values of education and hard work, and how it will help them have a successful life.” She worked as a substitute teacher for four years in various grade levels in area school districts, becoming a permanent teacher with SMSD in 2009. Her philosophy: “To constantly improve my teaching methodology.”
When Office Max’s (Fountains) manager, Mario Soliz, SMSD Principal Garcia and Assistant Principal Desiree James surprised Ms. Chakrabarty on October 1, she was completely caught off guard. “I am surprised. Thank you so much,” was all she could say. After posing for a picture, she promptly returned to teaching her class. She received a new chair, digital camera, Kindle Fire, organizational tools, writing instruments, software for her computer, and other items to share with her students.
Great job Ms. Chakrabarty!
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