LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Jenetta Hockless

Position: Special Eduation English & Reading Teacher
School: Herman E. Utley Middle School
School District: Rockwall Independent School District
City, State: Rockwall, TX

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Jenetta Hockless was nominated by her colleague of 10 years, Briggette Jordan.

"Jenetta demonstrates what it means to be a LifeChanger on a daily basis," said Jordan. "As well as teaching together, we're also church members. Prior to the 2017-2018 school year, we worked together at Mesquite High School. Janetta worked with our English Second Language (ESL) students and did a magnificent job. She went above and beyond to ensure that her students learn the curriculum by staying late to tutor, as well as keeping an open dialogue with parents, students, peers and administration."

Mesquite High School was a Title I school with a low socio-economic population, so Ms. Hockless took care of several students’ personal needs. This would include purchasing clothes, food, supplies or whatever the students needed to assist them with being successful. She believed in Maslow's hierarchy of needs by ensuring the students' physiological needs were met. That way, the students would be able to concentrate of their academic needs.   

Ms. Hockless stays after school for tutoring daily and provides academic assistance pizza for students who attend. In her current position, she works with special education students as well as General Education students. She is known as the teacher with high expectations and with great follow-through.

Ms. Hockless also teaches Sunday School at Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church.  For several years, she and her family have donated to families in need instead of exchanging personal Christmas gifts.

"There was a family attending our school who were unable to buy food or presents for the Christmas holidays. Jenetta contributed funds along with another teacher to provide food and a present for the student," said Jordan. "This is just one reason why she is a LifeChanger in our community!"



Comments (8)


Myrianne Gable Posted 6 months ago

Thank You! Mrs. Hockless is one of the most self-less people I know. As colleagues, I was blessed to work with Mrs. Hockless. She was always encouraging, a great listener, and just the most kind-hearted person I know. Always giving, always taking the high road, and giving God the glory. It was a pleasure to serve in a building enhanced by your effervescent spirit. Much Love to you!

Briggette Jordan Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations Jenetta you have always gone above and beyond for your students, the community, family and friends. Keep up the good work.

Leslie Flisowski Posted 6 months ago

Mrs. Hockless is a Life Changer. She invests in relationships with kids and cares as much, if not more about them as a human, than the content she teaches. High expectations with firm loving guidance sets her apart.

Emily Gillespie Posted 6 months ago

Jenetta is a very thoughtful person that takes the needs of others in consideration and will do something to assist or help them. She is indeed a very unique woman of God that walks the talk all the time. Congratulations, Emily Gillespie

Jana Davis Posted 6 months ago

Jenetta is a wonderful inspiration to students and colleagues alike. Her positive energy, kindness and obvious passion for helping others has always been such an inspiration to me.

Adan Lopez Posted 6 months ago

This doesn't surprise me one bit, Mrs. Hockless! Always was a pleasure working with you back when you were at MHS! You were more than just a colleague. You were a great friend who always took the time before school started to ask me how my weekend was. You genuinely care about people and your students are soo lucky to have a teacher like you in their lives!

Chermine Posted 6 months ago

Congratulations Jenetta, it could not have been a more deserving person if this nomination! You are great teacher, service provider, a true caregiver of our community! A wonderful wife, mother, friend and sister... Truly,

Jossini Jose Posted 6 months ago

Congrats Mrs hockless you deserve this . You are such a great teacher and a sweet person and I’m proud to be your student ????? congrats once again