Pleasanton native Meagan Bruce Bomar was selected as the Teacher of the Year for Pleasanton Junior High School.
“When I learned about receiving Teacher of the Year I was very excited. This was an award I have seen many great teachers earn throughout the years, and to now be added to that group of amazing educators is such an honor,” said Bomar.
The seventh grade math teacher is a Pleasanton High School graduate and attended Texas State University in San Marcos. She returned to Pleasanton to begin her career in education.
“I’m finishing my 12th year teaching at the junior high. The same junior high I went to, alongside some of my own teachers who are now my colleagues,” Bomar said.
She credits her family for all being a part of helping her earn this award: husband, Scott; children, Blake and Brooklyn Bomar; mother and stepfather, Vivian and David Carter.
What does she enjoy the most about teaching seventh grade?
“I love the personalities of middle school students. They are so funny, not yet grown up, but not kids anymore,” Bomar said. “Going through such an unknown time in their lives, and being there and helping them through it is wonderful.”
Upon learning they would not be returning to school after spring break, she was surprised and disappointed.
“At that point we didn’t know how long we would be out of school, or when we would return. It was such an unsure time for everyone. Talking to my fellow teachers, we all had so many questions.”
Bomar described her teaching style since being in quarantine as still student-centered. However, she explained that technology has been much more integrated.
“Zoom meetings have been a daily necessity between meeting with my department, grade level or academic team. Google Classroom is the platform the district uses and it has been extremely helpful in getting assignments and resources out to the students.”
She misses seeing her students and colleagues daily. To go from interacting with hundreds of people daily, to almost no one is challenging.
“Teaching during quarantine has been a lot of trial and error. Trying to explain certain concepts when you are not face to face with the students has proven to be the most difficult,” Bomar said.
Like others in the teaching profession during this unprecedented time, Bomar has dealt with the struggle of not being able to say goodbye to her students.
“This year will always feel ‘unfinished.’ The studentteacher relationship builds throughout the year and it is so important at the end to tell the students goodbye, good luck, how much you enjoyed having them in your class. Without being able to do that this year, it will be hard.”
What are some triumphs of teaching now? What is Bomar most proud of?
“The best thing a teacher can hear is that they made a difference in a student’s life. When I hear that, it means so much,” Bomar said. “At the junior high, I hold many leadership roles. My ability to work well with my colleagues through leading various committees and teams is what I am most proud of.”
Balancing working at home and family life has been difficult during this time, Bomar shared.
“My son is in kindergarten, and between his distance learning education, and giving my students the time and dedication they need, it has taken a lot of effort.”
She ended, “Teachers are dedicated to providing your students with not just an education, but also helping them be productive, responsible members of this community. It is a group effort and we are so appreciative of our parental and community support. Pride Pride.”