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Angela Palican

Position: Eighth Grade Science Teacher
School: Midway Middle School
School District: Midway ISD
City, State: Hewitt, TX

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Angela Palican was nominated by her assistant principal, Valerie Willis.

"This school year, our students and teachers operated in uncharted territory," said Willis. "Teachers and students in our district were already proficient in using technology for learning. However, our parents needed some grace when it came to learning how to supervise and assist their children when we began remote learning. Several parents needed personalized assistance, sometimes on a weekly or daily basis. Educators across our district impressed us all by their relentless dedication to serving our students and parents during this time. One educator in particular who I was mesmerized by was Mrs. Palican."

Mrs. Palican is a reflective, driven, dedicated educator. She volunteers to chair on committees, take on extra duties, or try new ideas for the improvement of her school and district. She welcomes the ideas of others and seeks out opportunities to learn and grow from other professionals. These actions have enabled her to develop robust practices that enrich the lives of her students.

Mrs. Palican views her professional practice as a calling. She innately requires a superior level of performance for herself. This exemplary performance was on display during remote learning. Mrs. Palican made daily phone calls to students and parents. During these phone calls, she provided individualized help to parents learning how to operate digital learning platforms. She also helped students who needed more support than a device could provide. Then, she used the information she gained from these conversations to reflect and change her instructional practices to meet the needs of both parents and students. This was all while still completing her other duties during the school day. Mrs. Palican artistically created a nurturing digital environment through her relentless efforts.

"Middle school can be a difficult transition year for students, especially during a pandemic, but having amazing educators can help make the transition a remarkable experience," said Willis. "Mrs. Palican is one of those educators!"

Comments (6)

Beth Zuilhof Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Palican is a hard-worker and always willing to help. We are lucky to have her here with us at Midway Middle School!

Sharon Schroeder Posted 3 months ago

So very proud of you!!!

Tinsley Meyers Posted 3 months ago

She is always willing to lend a hand, to work with students one on one. She's a joy to work with!

Marty Herbst Posted 3 months ago

She is a rock star!!!!!!!!!

Lisha Davis Posted 3 months ago

Angela is an amazing teacher who focuses on each student's individual needs. The time that she invests in preparing to teach at high levels with best practices is evident and her students are fortunate to be the recipients of her hard work and dedication. I am honored to work with Angela!

Shana Wetzel Posted 3 months ago

Mrs. Palican is a diamond. She has the most welcoming and exciting class environment. Her students are learning bell to bell. The thing that really impresses me as a school counselor is that she is always welcoming to new students that join her class. Whatever their ability level, she brings them into the fold and makes them feel a part of the science team from day 1. Professional, energetic, kind, and can't beat that!