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Fiest educator surprised with teaching award from masonic lodge

March 2, 2017

Susan Acree, fourth-grade English/language arts teacher at Fiest Elementary School, accepts a certificate from Memorial Lodge 1298 representatives Bob Norris and Jim Redd, who recognized her as the 2017 Mirabeau B. Lamar award winner for teaching excellence.
Susan Acree, fourth-grade English/language arts teacher at Fiest Elementary School, accepts a certificate from Memorial Lodge 1298 representatives Bob Norris and Jim Redd, who recognized her as the 2017 Mirabeau B. Lamar award winner for teaching excellence. 

March 2, 2017—Members of Memorial Lodge No. 1298 visited Fiest Elementary School on March 2 to surprise fourth-grade teacher Susan Acree with a teaching excellence award.

The Freemason’s fraternity presented Acree, an English/language arts instructor, with its Mirabeau B. Lamar Award recognizing distinguished achievements in education. The presentation came during Texas Public Schools Week and is named after the “father of Texas education,” Mirabeau B. Lamar.

Fiest fourth-grade English/language arts teacher Susan Acree receives the Mirabeau B. Lamar award for teaching excellence from Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Wendy Suddendorf, Fiest assistant principal; Bob Norris, Memorial Lodge senior warden; Jim Redd, Memorial Lodge worship master; Susan Acree; and Dr. Jeanette Gerault, Fiest principal.
Fiest fourth-grade English/language arts teacher Susan Acree receives the Mirabeau B. Lamar award for teaching excellence from Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Wendy Suddendorf, Fiest assistant principal; Bob Norris, Memorial Lodge senior warden; Jim Redd, Memorial Lodge worship master; Susan Acree; and Dr. Jeanette Gerault, Fiest principal. 

Acree received a certificate and a medal, and was invited to attend a recognition dinner in her honor that evening.

“Masonic organizations have long been supporters of public education,” said Jim Acree, worship master for the Memorial Lodge. “In the early days most lodges were two-story buildings. The lodge met on the second floor and local churches and schools met on the ground floor. We are proud to present this recognition on behalf of an outstanding educator in Ms. Acree.”

Fiest Principal Dr. Jeanette Gerault congratulates fourth-grade English/language arts teacher Susan Acree for winning the Lamar Award from the Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2.
Fiest Principal Dr. Jeanette Gerault congratulates fourth-grade English/language arts teacher Susan Acree for winning the Lamar Award from the Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2. 

Acree, a 26-year veteran of public education, said she was shocked to receive the award.

“I’m very surprised, honored and overwhelmed,” she said. “The recognition is nice, especially knowing that I have three kids who are also public educators. It’s nice to know they love what I do.”

Joined by family, Fiest fourth-grade teacher Susan Acree accepts the Mirabeau B. Lamar teaching excellence award from Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Bob Norris, Memorial Lodge senior warden; Jim Redd, worship master; Susan Acree, Fiest teacher; Dane Acree, son; Brittany Acree, daughter; Bradley Acree, son; and Dolores Noel, daughter-in-law.
Joined by family, Fiest fourth-grade teacher Susan Acree accepts the Mirabeau B. Lamar teaching excellence award from Memorial Lodge 1298 on March 2. Pictured, from left, are Bob Norris, Memorial Lodge senior warden; Jim Redd, worship master; Susan Acree, Fiest teacher; Dane Acree, son; Brittany Acree, daughter; Bradley Acree, son; and Dolores Noel, daughter-in-law.

Acree’s children, including Salyards Middle School choir director Bradley Acree, joined her at the surprise ceremony. Memorial Lodge representatives also treated the entire Fiest staff to donuts and kolaches during the morning staff meeting for their service to children.

 

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