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University Ph.D. Student Named 2014 Corpus Christi Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year

July 14, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Usha Gurumurthy, a Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction, was recently named Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2014. Gurumurthy is currently an English teacher at Ray High School.

Gurumurthy was born in India and spent several years teaching at a prestigious school in New Delhi before she decided to travel to Corpus Christi nine years ago to teach in the United States. Gurumurthy says that her students are her motivation to stay in the classroom.

“The first couple of weeks were hard, and the kids totally rejected me,” said Gurumurthy. “I was shocked and called my dad who said I could come back if I wanted to, but I wanted to stand my ground and prove to them that I was a good teacher.”

Gurumurthy, who speaks nine different languages and is a published author in her home country, says she enjoys teaching English to students in the classroom. She feels most comfortable sharing her stories with her students, mixing life lessons with grammar lessons.  

"As an English teacher, there are so many life lessons that I can teach,” said Gurumurthy. “I always use my own life story to tell how difficult life is, but you should never give up. Always rise up, and look inside yourself.”

Gurumurthy received a $1,000 cash prize and was honored during a banquet held in April at the American Bank Center.

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