Texans player surprises Spillane teacher for Stars in the Classroom

November 9, 2016

Houston Texans linebacker and special teams player Brian Peters surprises Spillane Middle School sixth-grade teacher Julie Tally with a First Community Credit Union Stars in the Classroom award on Nov. 8 at the school. Tally was nominated by former student Connor Carpenter, right.
Houston Texans linebacker and special teams player Brian Peters surprises Spillane Middle School sixth-grade teacher Julie Tally with a First Community Credit Union Stars in the Classroom award on Nov. 8 at the school. Tally was nominated by former student Connor Carpenter, right.

Nov. 9, 2016—Houston Texans linebacker and special teams player Brian Peters visited Spillane Middle School on Oct. 8 to award sixth-grade math teacher Julie Tally as one of First Community Credit Union (FCCU)’s Stars in the Classroom.

Tally was nominated for the award by seventh-grade student Connor Carpenter, who had her as a teacher last year.

Houston Texans player Brian Peters autographs a football for Spillane Middle School seventh-grade student Connor Carpenter while teacher Julie Tally looks on during his Stars in the Classroom surprise visit on Nov. 8.
Houston Texans player Brian Peters autographs a football for Spillane Middle School seventh-grade student Connor Carpenter while teacher Julie Tally looks on during his Stars in the Classroom surprise visit on Nov. 8.

According to Amber Magee, assistant vice president of marketing for FCCU, Stars in the Classroom received nearly 400 applications. Of those, only 10 winning educators in the greater Houston area were chosen.

In his nomination letter, Carpenter wrote that, due to Tally’s influence, he went from being a student who disliked math to one who earned Commended marks on the STAAR Math assessment.

“This is probably the highest honor I have ever received,” said Tally, a former CFISD Spotlight Teacher at Millsap Elementary School. “To get an acknowledgement from your own student, to know you changed their lives in some way – that’s why I teach. It’s just an amazing honor.”

Spillane Middle School teacher Julie Tally, center, earned one of the First Community Credit Union (FCCU) Stars in the Classroom awards on Nov. 8 at the school. Pictured, from left, are Mike Maness, Spillane principal; Amber Magee, FCCU assistant vice president of marketing; Julie Tally, sixth-grade teacher; Connor Carpenter, seventh-grade student; and Brian Peters, Houston Texans linebacker and special teams player.
Spillane Middle School teacher Julie Tally, center, earned one of the First Community Credit Union (FCCU) Stars in the Classroom awards on Nov. 8 at the school. Pictured, from left, are Mike Maness, Spillane principal; Amber Magee, FCCU assistant vice president of marketing; Julie Tally, sixth-grade teacher; Connor Carpenter, seventh-grade student; and Brian Peters, Houston Texans linebacker and special teams player.

As part of the award, Tally also earned a commemorative Texans football and two tickets and sideline passes to the Texans vs. San Diego Chargers game on Nov. 27 at NRG Stadium. She and her principal, Mike Maness, will be invited back to NRG Park in the spring for a Stars in the Classroom banquet with featured guest Brian Cushing, Texans linebacker.

Kelly Carpenter, mother of Spillane student Connor Carpenter, congratulates sixth-grade teacher Julie Tally on earning a FCCU Stars in the Classroom award on Nov. 8.
Kelly Carpenter, mother of Spillane student Connor Carpenter, congratulates sixth-grade teacher Julie Tally on earning a FCCU Stars in the Classroom award on Nov. 8. 

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