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Hoyle chosen as first “Stephens Star”

Stephens Elementary is proud to honor Stacey Hoyle as the first recipient of the “Stephens Star” award. Mrs. Hoyle was chosen for this award for her outstanding work on behalf of a school-wide fundraising effort for the American Red Cross. Her fourth grade classes initiated the fund drive after the attacks in New York and Washington in September. The total of all donations including a $500 donation from the Stephens PTO is $3654.81.

Hoyle is currently teaching math and science in fourth grade. She has taught every subject during her ten-year teaching career in Aldine ISD and has worked at both Stephens and Reed Intermediate.

A native of Clinton Township, Michigan, Hoyle received her degree in education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Both of her parents were teachers as is her husband, Jay — a teacher at Aldine Senior High.

“I like to see each and every student work to be the best person that they can be,” Hoyle said when asked what she expects of her students. “One of the greatest rewards that I can receive is feeling that I have made a difference in the life of a child. A student from my very first year still comes back every fall to tell me how much she appreciates what I did that year in fifth grade. That is what makes teaching so worthwhile.”

The “Stephens Star” award will be given each month to an outstanding staff member who has made a positive contribution for the school. Nominations from fellow employees will determine who receives this honor. All staff members —teachers, support staff, paraprofessionals, custodians, and food service personnel —are eligible for nomination. The Stephens school climate committee selected Hoyle as the first recipient. PTO president Jenny Rex is working to secure gift certificates from area merchants to be given as part of this award.