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Student Nominates Teacher for FBISD’s March Employee Recognition Award

(FORT BEND ISD) – Leaders from Fort Bend ISD made a surprise presentation to this month’s Impact Award winner, Dulles High School English teacher Meredith Whaley, in her classroom this week.

Whaley was nominated by one of her students for her steadfast kindness.

“Ms. Whaley’s room is a safe haven for students who struggle with the chaos of school or need someone to listen and understand them,” Dulles High School student Hannah Thomas said. “She provides that one hour of relief during the school day with a relaxing environment and a productive classroom.” Whaley keeps snacks in her classroom for students who forget their lunch. On more than one occasion, Hannah said she witnessed Whaley offer her own lunch when snacks ran out.

“Personally, Ms. Whaley has been the reason I have gotten through certain hard days,” Hannah said. “I can say without a doubt, she is the perfect person for this award.”

Whaley began her teaching career at Fort Bend ISD three years ago during the pandemic.

"I am truly honored and humbled to have received the Impact Award. Since starting my teaching career during the pandemic, I, like most teachers, have constantly wondered if I am having any positive effects on my students. While the award is encouraging, the fact that it was student nominated was even more meaningful. I am thankful to my students for the nomination and thankful to all the staff at Dulles High School who have supported me and helped me grow as an educator," Whaley said.

Fort Bend ISD introduced the Impact Award employee recognition initiative in September 2022 in conjunction with the 2022-23 school year theme, “Know your Impact: Creating a Collective Culture of Kindness.” The campaign allows employees at all levels to be recognized for their great efforts, selfless acts and commitment to kindness. The entire community is encouraged to nominate someone by visiting


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