Doerfert receives elementary teacher of the year honor

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Jill Scheer-Doerfert is starting her third year of teaching but has already been named Region 17’s elementary teacher of the year.

A native of Wisconsin who has also lived in Iowa and Indiana through the years, Doerfert described the honor as “humbling.”

“Teaching is a very difficult but rewarding profession. There are so many excellent, excellent teachers out there. That’s why I’m humbled,” said Doerfert.

She was a social worker for 21 years before she moved to Texas and started doing volunteer work at her son’s school in the Frenship Independent School District. Gradually, she moved into substitute teaching and later tutoring.

“I had a calling to go back (to graduate school) and then continued to work for two more years while I was in graduate school,” said Doerfert.

After receiving her teaching certificate, she was hired to work as a third-grade teacher at Bennett Elementary School.

“I like elementary education. I feel like I’m a better teacher at the elementary level. I can connect with the kids,” she said.

Doefert is busy preparing her classroom for the upcoming school year.

She said she may have been chosen for the award because she wrote a 13-page essay “from my heart” about her teaching philosophies.

She has been on the PTA board and the Wolfforth Library Committee. She works for a grief support group through her church and has been on the administrative board of Wolfforth United Methodist Church for six years.

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