December 1, 2020
Moore Elementary School third grade teacher Elizabeth Fish was honored as a First Community Credit Union Stars in the Classroom winner on Dec. 1. Fish received a custom painted football along with a variety of other prizes. In addition, Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett surprised Fish via Zoom.
Dec. 1, 2020—Moore Elementary School third grade teacher Elizabeth Fish was honored as a First Community Credit Union (FCCU) Stars in the Classroom winner on Dec. 1.
Fish, who was nominated for the award by Woodard Elementary School fifth grade student Edward Sierra, earned a surprise from Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett via Zoom. Scarlett congratulated Fish, spoke of his favorite memories in school and answered a few questions.
In addition to the surprise visit, Fish also received a custom football recognizing her as a Stars in the Classroom honoree, a yard sign, gift cards and other prizes.
“This year has been very, very challenging and sometimes you wonder if everything you’re doing is worth it. To get something like this and be recognized just shows that you are doing something,” said Fish, who taught Sierra at Woodard last school year before moving to Moore. “You do impact someone’s life. Knowing it’s from a student—one I had last year—and I left a mark, means a lot.”
Houston Texans linebacker Brennan Scarlett, along with representatives from First Community Credit Union and the Texans, surprised Fish and her students via Zoom. Scarlett shared his memories from elementary school and answered student questions.
Each school year, FCCU teams up with the Houston Texans to help students thank exceptional Houston-area teachers. Students can nominate teachers who have made an impact on them to show their appreciation.
Fish is the third CFISD teacher honored as a Stars in the Classroom winner this school year. Farney Elementary School first grade teacher Dana Leasure was recognized in September, while Swenke Elementary School fifth grade teacher Ellen Cummings was honored in October.
“This shows that teachers do make an impact,” Moore Principal Patricia Myers said. “Students know it, students need it, students see it and students feel it. So it’s one thing to be recognized by your peers but for a student to go out and make that nomination is huge.”
Said Woodard Principal Susan Brenz, who joined Myers and Moore staff for the surprise: “I always tell my teachers for the audience they’re teaching every day, you don’t just how much you may be impacting their future. They may see themselves later as a teacher because of the influence someone made on them.”
Moore Elementary School third grade teacher Elizabeth Fish, left, and Principal Patricia Myers listen as representatives with First Community Credit Union surprise Fish with the news of her being selected as a FCCU Stars in the Classroom winner. Fish is the third CFISD teacher to be honored this school year.