Rebecca Wade, English/Language Arts teacher at the Accelerated Center for Education, was recognized as the Galena Park ISD Educator of the Month during the November 7 North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon in the Monument Room of San Jacinto College North.
Wade graduated from Galena Park High School and from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a B.A. in literature. She is from a family of educators. Her mother, Frances Anderson, was the secretary at MacArthur Elementary for 25 years and her father, Buddy Lockard, taught math at Woodland Acres Jr. High, Fidelity High School, and finally at North Shore Jr. High.
She has taught for 19 years in a variety of settings, including GED preparation at San Jacinto College, SAT preparation at the Institute of Chinese Culture, and within the walls of Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where she taught incarcerated adults and was unit librarian. She holds Texas teaching certifications in English/Language Arts, Reading, Special Education, ESL, Marketing Education and Driver Education.
Wade loves the shapes and sounds of letters, the power of words, a pithy phrase, a well-turned sentence, an eloquent paragraph, a finely crafted essay, the way a great book can transform a reader’s perspective, but most of all, Becky Wade loves working with young people. She strives to give her students the power to read and write, to listen and speak, to learn their own mysteries and to connect with a broader world of ideas.
She returned to Galena Park ISD in 2006, and has completely revised the English/language arts curriculum at ACE to make it as user friendly as possible. The students learn to write their personal stories in ways that engage readers. In the study of literature, students choose novels, poems, short stories and other media with an idea or theme of interest. Then, they take the readings and develop presentations that they share with their classmates and the school. In the past two years, ACE students have taken home campus and district awards in the Galena Park ISD multi-media contest.
Wade has been selected to present a workshop at the Texas Association of Alternative Educators in Austin in February.
Rebecca Wade, teacher at the Accelerated Center for Education (left), is joined
by Mike Shiflet, guidance counselor at ACE, at the November Chamber of Commerce luncheon.