February Teacher of the Month: Heather Bliven

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 February 2018 at Price T. Young Elementary School, as selected by Principal, Ms. Nakeisha Adams Pegues, is Heather Reagan-Bliven, Fourth Grade Co-Teacher!

"Mrs. Bliven is creative, energetic, enthusiastic and enduring when it comes to student learning," said Ms. Adams Pegues in her nomination of Reagan-Bliven. "She is always trying to find more ways to improve her craft so that students will be successful. She wants perfection and we are constantly having to tell her she is doing a wonderful job. She is willing to assist or help whenever and where ever she is needed. She just led her first Professional Development in helping all of the PTY Reading teachers understand how to use the resource, Scholastic, to make more engaging and hands-on aligned lessons for students. We enjoy having Heather on our team and our students are blessed to have her as a teacher."

blivenTeacher: Heather Reagan-Bliven

Hometown/High School: Caddo Mills, TX/Caddo Mills HS

Degree Earned/College: Texas A&M-Commerce, Bachelor of Education with certification in General Education EC-6 and Special Education EC-12

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: 4th Grade Math

Family: Husband, Michael Bliven

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "I spend a lot of time at church. I sing on the Praise Team, and I serve in the nursery ministry. I love singing and acting; I have been in a couple of community theater productions in Jefferson. I also like to paint, and crochet. I work part-time at the Jefferson General Store. Working at the store I get to meet a lot of interesting people; I also make the homemade pralines, when I am working."

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I am a student that fell through the cracks. I completed my K-12 education as a student with ADHD and a learning disability in Math. My school simply did not pay attention to my deficits because I passed the end of year tests; they tagged me as a kid who was lazy and did not enjoy school. I wanted to become a teacher so that I could advocate for students. I do not want other children to slip through the cracks. I want to be there for the children who feel weird, and like outcasts. I want the kids who have troubled home lives to know that at school they are safe and someone cares."

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "Building confidence in my students, and advocating for their needs. In my co-teach class we try to make learning fun. In reading we try to instill the importance of reading, and cultivate a love for reading as well."

Who were some of the most influential teachers/educators in your life?
"My Mother who always taught me to be myself, and not worry about what others think. My grandmother Vickey Shirley, my sixth-grade reading teacher Jean-Anne Johnson, and my high school theatre teacher Teresa Wanger."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching specifically at Price T. Young? "I really love looking at data and seeing growth in my students as well as coming up with engaging and fun lessons."

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "In the future I plan to attain a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. I would eventually love to be a Reading Coordinator."
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