Rogers Elementary Teacher Recognized by Local Morning Show

Feb 03, 2016

Rogers Elementary School fifth grade teacher Wendy Stelly was surprised in her classroom in January by a film crew and entourage of people from Good Morning Texas, CareNow, Frisco ISD and the City of Frisco.

Stelly was named January’s CareNow Teacher of the Month by the TV show, which airs weekday mornings on WFAA Channel 8. She won several prizes and was featured in this video segment, which aired January 28.

She was nominated for the honor by Rogers Principal Susie Nesmith, who praised Stelly for going well above expectations.

“She has an ability to truly reach out and touch all of our students by connecting with them on their level,” Nesmith wrote. “I have watched her connect with all of our students from K-5... she communicates on a very special level with our children, parents and community. She teaches with grit and heart!”

Stelly also sponsors the school’s Green Team, a group of fifth graders who are in charge of collecting the school’s weekly recycling. The school saves 1,000 pounds of recycling from the landfill each year.

“She helps teach all of our students why and how we can recycle, how we can save our resources that are vital for our future,” Nesmith wrote.

Members of the City’s Environmental Services team, including Rufus the recycling dog, were on hand for the surprise to show their support.

“Ms. Stelly and her incredible personality gives these kids an opportunity for leadership and a way of demonstrating their responsibility, said Molly Kinson, environmental education coordinator for the City of Frisco. “They quickly take ownership of that role and show they are student leaders when they are recycling.”

Stelly has been a teacher at Rogers for the last seven years. She currently teaches fifth grade math and science, but has taught all fifth grade subjects in previous years.