Spotlight: Irving ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year – Shelley Jeoffroy

Irving ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year - Shelley Jeoffroy

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As back to school season returns, our teachers are preparing for their students’ return with their lesson plans, warm cups of coffee, and fun classroom decor. Among them, Shelley Jeoffroy is excited to be back in her 5th grade classroom with an inspiring story and great advice for the new year. In May, she was recognized as the District Elementary Teacher of the Year, and in late July, she was named the Region 10 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Jeoffroy is now one of the six outstanding educators from Texas chosen as a finalist in the 2023 Texas Teacher of the Year program. Keep reading to learn more about her journey as an educator.
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Mrs. Jeoffroy surrounded by some of her students.
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Mrs. Jeoffroy during her time as a teacher abroad.

Shelley Jeoffroy is currently a 5th grade math teacher at Otis Brown Elementary in Irving, Texas. She has formerly taught all subjects, but predominantly math and science. She attended graduate school at the University of Texas in Arlington for her education credentials, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and biology from the same university. In addition to the classroom, Mrs. Jeoffroy has served as a science curriculum and district assessment writer, science district presenter, mentor teacher, team lead for grades 4th and 5th, vertical team lead for math, Gifted and Talented Building Committee member, and Destination Imagination coach. Mrs. Jeoffroy led a team of elementary students for a summer robotics program in which her young scholars won first place for the elementary level and second overall! Mrs. Jeoffroy’s professional development has included annually attending the Conference for and being a member of the Association of Science Teachers of Texas, the National Science Foundation, and she was a participant in the Phil Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. Mrs. Jeoffroy’s career in education spans 17 years, with the past 15 years serving as an employee of Irving Independent School District. Originally, Mrs. Jeoffroy grew up on a ranch in Santo, Texas and graduated from Weatherford High School.  She lived in New York and has traveled and spent extended time outside of the United States where she has made educational contributions globally, serving students in Kenya, Peru, Mexico and Morocco.

Mrs. Jeoffroy’s passion for traveling marks a significant contribution to her teaching career. After having the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of cultures and experiences across the world, she was struck by the powerful impact of good education. She says, “It not only has the power to change individuals but whole societies.” She was sure that one day, she wanted to pursue her passion over a career that simply earned her a paycheck. Mrs. Jeoffroy often re-reads a passage that inspired her long ago and continues to touch her heart in the classroom:

“The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad…Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy… Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.”

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Sure of her vocation to be an educator, Mrs. Jeoffroy seeked to find the school that would be the best fit for her. Without an intention to join Irving ISD, destiny led her just there. Jokingly she says, “I was living in Dallas [when I learned of Irving ISD] and although I had heard many wonderful things about Irving ISD, I wasn’t particularly interested in dealing with the daily traffic patterns; I grew up on a ranch! I do NOT like traffic.” 

One day at a job fair, however, her plans unexpectedly changed after meeting a representative from the Irving ISD booth. “The line next to the one I was originally in was shortened considerably so I moved to it, and I fatefully met Jackie Gorena. I was immediately drawn to her passion for education and her warmth as a human being. I was invited for a campus interview with the rest of the team. My mother, a Principal at the time in west Texas, told me that I would just feel it when it was the right place.  It couldn’t be explained, but I would know what she meant when the time came.  And that was exactly my experience as I interviewed at Brown Elementary campus and as I have spent my career in Irving ISD.”

While at Brown Elementary, Jeoffroy has taught all subjects. She is predominantly a math and science teacher who believes in the true engagement science can bring to students. From hands-on labs to field trips and lessons about planets, animals, landforms, and chemistry, Mrs. Jeoffroy loves to have her young scientists explore their environments! In addition, she helps her students dig deeper into “the academia aspect of communicating their knowledge through questioning, writing, and connecting with professional scientists outside of the classroom.”

Among her lessons, her favorite was during a Life Science unit. After learning all about ecosystems, life cycles, food webs, and adaptations, Mrs. Jeoffroy wanted to bring everything to life! “My passion for travel influences my classroom teaching in that since I can’t take my students around the world first hand, I try to bring “the world” to them.” And that is exactly what she did.

Mrs. Jeoffroy was able to “bring” the ocean to them after that lesson to explore the coastline environment. She visited a local dive shop that loaned her scuba diving equipment for her students to try on and learn about! She says, “They eagerly sent wetsuits, fins, regulators, masks, buoyancy compensators, weight belts, dive computers, pressure gauges, snorkels, and air tanks. We tied the equipment elements to not only a prior unit on physical properties of matter but our math lessons and later their ELAR class as well.” To make the experience even better, Mrs. Jeoffroy got a hold of her sister, who at the time was pursuing graduate school at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi to be a marine biologist. Her sister and her colleagues traveled to Brown Elementary with a variety of specimens from all over the world that they had submitted to the Smithsonian for research on Micronesia. 

From sand to seashells, Mrs. Jeoffroy’s students were very excited! They later had the opportunity to present their discoveries on Micronesia for Multicultural Night at their school. “They created islands out of groups of desks and conducted research about what made each island unique not only culturally but scientifically. I always believe that being a teacher of children should be fun! There is mountains of scientific evidence that supports that when humans are happy and engaged, they learn and retain information better. I am also dedicated to the notion that I am not teaching “just a 5th grader” but a future innovator and member of society. Therefore, the learning inside the classroom should transcend the walls and connect students to the bigger picture of possibilities outside the classroom.”

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As Mrs. Jeofrroy looks forward to many more memories in the classroom such as this one, her advice to fellow teachers is to build relationships with their students and their families. “When students trust that you genuinely care for them and their success, their confidence increases, and they are willing to take more risks and expand their learning.” Teachers are helping the leaders of tomorrow grow! 

“To say I was honored and humbled is an understatement.  I work on a campus so full of talent and dedication, and the two other teachers nominated, Lindsey Bell and Hany Rosiana, are incredible educators.  To be recognized by a group of colleagues for which I hold such love and respect just means so much.  When a crew showed up to celebrate and inform me that I was a District Teacher of the Year nominee, I was both excited and surprised as we had just returned from a field trip so I was hot and sweaty and not prime camera ready! The other District nominees, William Sanchez and Evan Platt, are such dynamic teachers, and the energy they bring is tangible.”

“I embrace not just the honor but the responsibility of these distinctions, and I strive to represent our district and teachers well.  Teachers affect educational success in the most direct way and are truly the heart and soul of the classroom.”

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As Mrs. Jeofrroy looks forward to many more memories in the classroom such as this one, her advice to fellow teachers is to build relationships with their students and their families. “When students trust that you genuinely care for them and their success, their confidence increases, and they are willing to take more risks and expand their learning.” Teachers are helping the leaders of tomorrow grow! 

Mrs. Jeoffroy was recognized as this year’s District Elementary Teacher of the Year. 

“To say I was honored and humbled is an understatement.  I work on a campus so full of talent and dedication, and the two other teachers nominated, Lindsey Bell and Hany Rosiana, are incredible educators.  To be recognized by a group of colleagues for which I hold such love and respect just means so much.  When a crew showed up to celebrate and inform me that I was a District Teacher of the Year nominee, I was both excited and surprised as we had just returned from a field trip so I was hot and sweaty and not prime camera ready! The other District nominees, William Sanchez and Evan Platt, are such dynamic teachers, and the energy they bring is tangible.”

“I embrace not just the honor but the responsibility of these distinctions, and I strive to represent our district and teachers well.  Teachers affect educational success in the most direct way and are truly the heart and soul of the classroom.”

When she is not in the classroom, Mrs. Jeoffroy enjoys traveling and adventures with her husband, Jamal Moujahid, her parents, Ray and Madge Patterson, and her sister and brother-in-law, Leslie Patterson and Adam Cobb. Because her husband is from Morocco, Jeoffroy has the great opportunity to travel to that destination quite a bit! She loves to learn from people and their cultures, and appreciates the experience of road trips across the US when she isn’t traveling abroad. Along with this, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, listening to music, trying delicious cuisine, or exploring the great outdoors. “This is how I enjoy life and recharge!”

On behalf of the Irving Schools Foundation, we congratulate Shelley Jeoffroy for her significant contributions to the Irving ISD community and look forward to her ongoing success!

TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell

Board Member

TaKeisha Campbell joined CoreLogic in 2003, where she has held multiple positions within the company such as Professional Accountant, Operations Supervisor and now as a Professional, Human Resources.  She is a part of the CoreLogic Connect team which consists of 4 Pillars, Live More, Play More, Learn More & Give More.  TaKeisha is the Chair of CoreLogic’s Give More Pillar, which helps to promote, organize, and facilitate volunteer and charitable giving opportunities that help people while fostering teamwork and connection in the workplace for over 1,800 employees at the Dallas Campus.  Through the Give More Pillar she has established multiple philanthropic relationships within the community and is driven to help others and drive engagement for all involved.   

TaKeisha currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Texas A& M University – Commerce and is pursuing her SHRM CP certification.

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern

Board Member

Elizabeth Kern serves as the Director, Supply Chain of Micropac Industries, Inc, an aerospace electronics manufacturer providing mission critical products to the space, aerospace, military, medical, and industrial markets.  In her role as Director, Elizabeth is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including contract negotiations, disruption mitigation, production planning, source selection, and legal compliance.  Elizabeth supports employee development through mentoring, training, education and career coaching.

Elizabeth developed a passion for business as a young girl watching her parents build a thriving business.  Her core business values were established through watching her mother and father build and run a business, nurture their employees, help the community, all while balancing the challenges of raising a family.  She truly embraces a “win – win” philosophy, believing that in all aspects of life, success is measured in balancing one’s passion with the ambitions of others.

Elizabeth has progressed through increasing levels of responsibility supporting and managing purchasing, production planning, Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) implementations, and Government audits.

Elizabeth earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, successfully presenting her team capstone project.

Elizabeth lives in Irving with her husband, Joel, and their two daughters.

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers

Board Member

Brian Summers has lived in Irving almost his entire life. He attended Brandenburg Elementary, Travis Middle School, and graduated from MacArthur High School.

Brian has worked for Consolidated Electrical Distributors since 2011. He’s been the owner of a  bartending service for more than 40 years and enjoys playing Santa Claus during Christmas holidays.

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori

Board Member

Vianey Mansoori is a former elementary and middle school educator who has lived in Irving for over 30 years.

Whether it be through her time spent tutoring students in the classroom or organizing student concerts as a board member of the Irving Symphony League, Vianey has spent time understanding the educational priorities and challenges of the Irving community.

As a volunteer and board member with the Irving School Foundation, Vianey is passionate about advancing educational and leadership opportunities for all students.

She has three daughters and enjoys traveling, reading, Yoga, and spending time with her family in her free time. 

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg

Board Member

Christine Kellogg is a vice president with Frost’s private banking group. She joined Frost in 2023 and has been in the financial industry for more than 15 years. 

Her responsibilities include helping clients navigate their sophisticated and diverse financial needs by developing a tailored plan and unique combination of services designed to protect and grow wealth to reach future goals.

Christine is a General Securities representative and an Investment Adviser Representative. She also holds her Texas General Lines for Life, Accident, Health and HMO and Property and Casualty insurance licenses.

Christine previously served as an ambassador for Junior Achievement and was an advocate for Project Cure in Houston, Texas. In addition to her work at Frost, she is an avid reader of all genres and enjoys writing. In fact, Christine published a young adult novel in 2013 and plans to have a second career in writing during retirement. She also enjoys trying new restaurants and loves suggestions on new places to try.

 

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa Villasenor

Office Manager

Teresa is a proud born and raised Texan. She attended schools in Arlington, TX and graduated from Lamar High School in 2001 (go Vikings!). She received a Professional Computer Secretary Diploma from Iverson Business School in 2002 and attended Tarrant County College where she earned her Associates Degree in Office Administration in 2007.

Before joining ISF in 2024, she worked for 20 years with the best firefighters in Texas (maybe the whole United States but we may be biased) here in Irving. She loves to meet new people and go to new places. Her favorite trips are her annual summer and winter road trips with her niece and nephew. Her free time is well spent with her wonderful family.

In her role with ISF, Teresa will serve many roles, including serving as your main point of contact for any questions or assistance you might have/need as a Board Member, so I know you will get to know her fast!

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley Mozek

Director of Operations

Ashley’s bio coming VERY soon!

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn Fisher

Programs Assistant

Bethlyn is a native to the Wise County area and holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Elementary Education from Tarleton State University.

Bethlyn comes to Irving Schools Foundation with a background in teaching. Prior to her time with ISF, she taught in Irving ISD at Elliott Elementary for 6 years. She also has experience in Irving ISD as a swim instructor for the district’s Swim Safe program. Bethlyn’s main passions include helping the community and teaching others.

Bethlyn lives in Bedford with her husband, Dillon, and 2 cats, Gadget and Gizmo. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, baking, crafting, exercising, and caring for her plant collection.

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Adriana Colunga

Development Manager

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes

Director Emerita

Margie Stipes has been an Irving resident since 1955. She and her late husband, John, raised three children together, Randy, now deceased, Larry, and Stacie. Margie worked 30 years as a secretary at American Airlines, receiving the company’s Customer First Award.

She has been active in schools and the community, serving on several bond program committees and with the city’s Charter Review Committee. Margie was president of the Nimitz High School Booster Club for several years and has been a longtime member of both the Keep Irving Beautiful Board and the Irving Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Margie’s accolades include the High Spirited Citizen Award, Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, Irving Schools Foundation Gala Award, and multiple local and national PTA awards for extended service. In 2014, she was inducted into the Irving Sports Hall of Fame. Margie is honored to be a namesake for IISD’s John and Margie Stipes Elementary School in south Irving.

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle

Board Member

Randy Randle is a lifelong resident of Irving. He attended Otis Brown Elementary School, Bowie Junior High School and graduated from Nimitz High School.  Randy attended The University of Texas at Arlington and received a Business Administration degree in accounting.

Mr. Randle has been married to Lynda for 28 years and has two sons who attended Irving Schools.  Randy has long been serving in leadership roles in both our schools and our community.  He has served as PTA fundraising chairman, Band Booster president and chairman of baseball concessions for the Booster Club.  Randy has served on two campus improvement committees and the District Improvement Committee.

Randy served on the Irving City Council for six years and was chairman of the finance committee. He also served as chairman of the City of Irving Bond Task Force.

Randy has attended the same church for 66 years and serves as a trustee, as well as chairman of the building committee.  Randy works in the family business, which has been in Irving for 60 years.

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy Jones

Board Member

Andy is Vice President and Learning Experience Development Team Manager for Texas Capital Bank.

He has received the Volunteer of the Year Award at Texas Capital for the last two years. Andy continues to volunteer at the Resource Center Community Health Clinic (9 Years), the AT&T Performing Arts Center (6 years), Make a Wish Foundation (5 years), Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Administrative Board (1 year) and the Dallas Titans (9 years), a local softball team where he has coordinated raising over $120,000 to give back to the community in the form of back-to-school supplies, food for a local food pantry and sending children with cancer to summer camp.

Andy has a Masters Degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor Degree from Winthrop University.

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty Boyle

Board Member

Kitty has held many leadership positions throughout her 55 years in Irving, TX including founding and serving as past chair for the Community College Association for Texas Trustees. Kitty is presently Chair of the board for the Ranch Academy, a charter school, where she have served on the board since 1998.

All six of her children graduated from IISD as have five of Kitty’s grandchildren as well. In 2011, Kitty and her husband John were named the Irving High Spirited Citizens. Kitty has a genuine heart for the citizens of Irving and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil

Secretary

Tracy McNeil is a Senior Sales Agent at Liberty Mutual Insurance/Comparison Insurance Agency. Prior, she retired from Enterprise Rent a Car after 27 years, with her achievements ranking her repeatedly in the top 10% nationwide.

In 2015, Tracy was voted Liberty Insurance Rookie of the Year for both Auto and Home. That same year, she joined ISF, serving on the Board of Directors before taking on the role of  Secretary of the Executive Committee. She has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Charities for Children and has great passion for the youth in Irving ISD.

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Roger Carbajal

Personnel Chair

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon Brown

Chair Elect

Shannon has been a member of the ISF Board since 2019, having previously held the position of Development Chair. He currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer at CoreLogic, which has its largest office in Irving and is an established corporate partner of ISF.

Shannon has lived in the DFW area since 1995 and in his spare time enjoys traveling, boating, and tennis; he participates on a softball team that has raised over $150K for DFW charities over the past 11 years. While having no children of his own, Shannon is passionate about helping the Irving ISD students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

David Pfaff

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus

David Pfaff

Chair Emeritus