Cypress Creek High School social studies teacher Felicia Hayes has been named the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) Outstanding High School Teacher for 2012.
Each year, the TCSS Outstanding Teacher Awards honor one elementary, middle and high school teacher for outstanding teaching contribution to the advancement of social studies education within the school and community and active participation in local, state and national social studies councils.
Hayes was the president-elect for the Cypress Fairbanks Council for Social Studies (CFCSS) in 2011-2012, and helped support the Cy-Fair ISD community by leading the CFCSS book drive for needy children in the district.
She is the academy coordinator for the Education and Humans Services (EHS) career academy at Cypress Creek, promoting curriculum integration and peer coaching. She also provides weekly staff development to academy teachers, including differentiated instruction and project-based learning. Hayes works with at-risk students in the academy, monitoring attendance, grades and behavior while serving as a guide and mentor.
Cypress Creek director of instruction Donna Pahmiyer nominated Hayes for the award, citing her mastery in teaching social studies and her contributions to the advancement of the subject. “Mrs. Hayes is the epitome of a 21st century social studies teacher; she is committed to social studies education as well as the welfare of the students at Cypress Creek High School,” Pahmiyer explains. “She continues to impress me with her knowledge, skill and dedication to her work, and is an excellent representative of the Texas Council for the Social Studies.”