Cox named HOBBS Teacher of the Year

John Cox has been awarded the dual honor of Teacher of the Year in 2010-2011 for the HOBBS Alternative School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year for SISD. Cox is a 9th-12th Math and Computer teacher at HOBBS Alternative School for a variety of subjects such as Algebra One, Geometry, Algebra Two, Pre-calculus and BCIS/BIM. He has taught for the past 18 years, with the past two years of that time in Sweetwater ISD.Cox attended Abilene Christian University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He has also received his Texas Teacher Certification in Mathematics.He has been a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and was previously named the Teacher of the Year at the HOBBS campus for the 2010-2011 school year.His involvement in the community spans over many organizations, including service learning projects with SISD students and doing volunteer work for J.P. Cowen. He is also part of the Sweetwater Outreach work with Fourth and Elm Church of Christ.The reason Cox teaches is two-fold. "I teach because I believe God has called me to share the knowledge he has given me, and I desire to change lives through my efforts in the classroom."He enjoys seeing his students succeed in "what they once considered an insurmountable task," knowing that he had a role in the positive change in the life of his students.Cox also understands the need of individual attention to a student and its continued process. "Anyone can present information," he stated, "but we must strive to present it in a way which will gives the student ownership of the concept and provide the student with a real life application for the material."When asked what makes an outstanding teacher, Cox shared his powerful philosophy. "An outstanding teacher is one who places the needs of the students above personal interests and is willing to dedicate time and energy to see that those needs are met to the best of the teacher's ability, as the world is being changed by improving the quality of life, one student at a time."