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Tyler educator says it’s ‘an absolute honor’ to be Texas Teacher of the Year finalist

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Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 3:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2021 at 7:53 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Tyler ISD physical education teacher has been selected as one of six finalists for the 2022 Texas Teacher of the Year.

Ashley Phelps has been teaching at Andy Woods Elementary in Tyler for 13 years. Phelps this year has already won the District’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Region 7 Elementary Teacher of the Year. They’re recognition that she never expected to get when she began her teaching journey.

“It means so much it is a ride I did not expect to go on but thankfully my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has a different road for me than I thought would ever happen,” said Phelps.

For Phelps it isn’t about the awards, it’s being able to have an impact on every child who comes in her gym for that period.

“I think that every day I have 50 minutes of opportunity with the kids to love on them and to see what all we can get accomplished as far as P.E. and exercise and learning life skills and so I think it’s a really great opportunity,” said Phelps.

The winners for Texas Teacher of the Year both for Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year will be announced on October 15 in Austin. One will be selected to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program.

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