Jefferson celebrates James Hammond's ExCEL Award

Jefferson celebrates James Hammond's ExCEL Award

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James Hammond accepts the 2012 ExCEL Award,
along with congratulations from (l to r) principal
Joanne Cockrell, KENS5 anchor Deborah Knapp, San
Antonio Credit Union representative Sylvia Espinosa,
Interim Deputy Superintendent Dr. Peggy Stark-Wilson
and High School LED Sylvia Garza. Joining them are
Jefferson students.

No ordinary apple is a worthy gift for this educator.

Third-year Jefferson HS English teacher James Hammond recently received the golden variety - an ExCEL trophy - in honor of being SAISD's 2012 recipient of this annual award from KENS5 and the San Antonio Federal Credit Union.

"Mr. Hammond is a representation of the educational values that we prize at Thomas Jefferson. He works at improving his craft daily. Therefore, his students reap the rewards of a first- class education," said principal Joanne Cockrell.

"His classes are a joy to observe. Every one of my teachers work hard – so in effect he has won this prize for all the great teachers here at TJHS," she said.

"In my class, we develop skills to critically interrogate the world around us," Hammond explained, adding:

"The ExCEL award is a testament to my students' hard work, their dedication to excellence, and their unbounded academic potential.

"These students are our future, and I am honored to report that our future is bright."

Besides teaching, Hammond sponsors the Carpe Futura Club, which prepares students to take Advanced Placement tests in subjects varying from AP literature to AP psychology.

The writing strategy he created, known alternately as "Thesis Ant" or "Sentence-Pede," is being used by teachers Districtwide to teach analytical/expository writing.

In addition to the trophy, Hammond received a $1,000 cash prize and was featured in a KENS5 story which can be viewed at: