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MHS Principal Cindy Bessire has been named Administrator of the Year for 2022 by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Provided by Muleshoe ISD

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association has awarded MHS Principal Cindy Bessire Administrator of the year for 2022. Bessire accepted the statewide award at the MISD Back to School Faculty/Staff Meeting for the 2022-23 School Year on Aug. 8. Gil Lamb Advertising video recorded the meeting.

Representing the local TCTA chapter, high school teacher Val McCamish said TCTA worked in conjunction with members of the high school to nominate Bessire.

According to the nominating form, “In the past four years under the dedicated leadership of Mrs. Cindy Bessire, the morale, the environment, and, most of all, student success at Muleshoe High School have all increased by leaps and bounds,”

Bessire is praised for her instructional leadership, her dedication to personally helping students, her interaction with parents and the community, and her involvement of teachers in decision-making processes such as hiring, in-service opportunities and work-life balance.

She is credited with helping to establish the MHS Acceleration & Collegiate Academy, for being one of the reasons MHS was recently nominated for a Blue Ribbon School for closing the achievement gap, and for helping students develop a plan to improve their grades.

“She often personally takes on a group of students during the Advisory period and works with them to ensure that they complete any missing assignments or make-up work.”

The nominating form points to a specific example of Bessire’s care for students, saying, “During the COVID learning period, Mrs. Bessire ensured that every student was accounted for, received what they needed academically and that individual contact was being made for each student. She made an extensive number of home visits and continues to do that to this day; not only for truancy reasons, but also for students who are facing personal or family issues and might need that extra motivation.”

The form continues, “She has also listened and given thoughtful consideration to many suggestions that students have given her. Whether it was regarding changing locations of pep rallies or allowing students’ input on dress code issues, Mrs. Bessire is always willing to listen and process the feedback she receives. Because of this, Mrs. Bessire is also willing to make those very hard decisions and in some cases, accept the feedback and criticism that comes with those decisions – because she knows she is acting in the best interest of the staff and students of MHS. Her one and only motivation is to do what is best for EVERYONE at MHS.” 

The Administrator of the Year award was judged by members of the TCTA Executive Board. On a Facebook post, one of the judges is quoted as saying, “I always like administrators who remember what it’s like to work in a classroom, and don’t hide in an office.”

Another remarked, “…she just does her regular duties, and clearly leads by example.”

In her acceptance remarks, Bessire said, “It’s like I told my staff, it all goes back to them. I call them my blessings because every day I get to come work with a tremendous staff that works hard, that believes in children, that believes in our education system, that truly wants what’s best for our students. And that is a blessing to me, to come in every day and work with this staff.

“I mean this is a fantastic place to work, and I cannot thank you enough. I’m very humbled, but, like I say, the hard work goes to my staff, every single day.”

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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