Edcouch-Elsa ISD Announces Its District Secondary Teacher of the Year

Edcouch-Elsa ISD Announces Its District Secondary Teacher of the Year
Posted on 04/18/2014
Mr. Stan McKay of Edcouch-Elsa High SchoolThe 2013 -2014 District Secondary and Edcouch-Elsa High School Teacher of the Year is Stan McKay.  Mr. McKay teaches World Geography and Advanced Placement European History at the North Building. 

Mr. McKay was born and raised in the culturally diverse New York City borough of the Bronx.  He is the son of an Irish immigrant. His wife, Felisa, is Spanish.  They raised their three children, Pilar, John, and Mary Ana in an upstate New York village.

After retiring from the Postal Service in 2009, Mr. McKay returned to college.  He graduated with a degree in History/ Adolescent Education summa cum laude from State University of New York at Geneseo in December 2011.  New York State awarded him Public School Certification.  In 2012, Mr. McKay was recruited by Teach for America for a position at EEHS.

For Mr. McKay, his greatest influences on his decision to enter the teaching profession are his family.  His wife teaches Spanish at Geneseo College.  His daughter, Pilar, earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her master’s and Ph.D. at UCLA.  She is currently a professor at American University in Washington, D.C..  John McKay is a graduate of Pittsburgh University, and is in a Mathematics doctoral program at Arizona State University.  His youngest daughter, Mary Ana, will graduate from Ohio State University in May 2014, and will begin her graduate work there in August 2014.  Mr. McKay wants to bring the same inspired love of learning, and successes in academics to students at Edcouch- Elsa High School.

Mr. McKay attributes most of his success at Edcouch-Elsa High School to his mentor, Marissa Marmolejo.  Her unconditional guidance, support, patience and encouragement have greatly improved his effectiveness in the classroom.  His goal is to be a master teacher like Ms. Marmolejo.

The Social Studies Department, faculty, administrators, and staff have also been key components to Mr. McKay’s love of teaching at Edcouch -Elsa High School.  He wishes to thank them for their daily modeling of excellence.  

Mr. McKay would also like to recognize the caring parents of Edcouch Elsa for their commitment to their children's education.  Their support for and confidence in teachers are evident whenever he meets them in and outside of school. 

And, of course, Mr. McKay offers the lion’s share or “jacket’s” share of gratitude to his resilient and hardworking students. He has total confidence that they will be fully prepared as leaders to make our country even greater in the 21st Century.

Lastly, Mr. McKay is proud to be a member of the Edcouch-Elsa community. Whether he goes for a run at Mario Leal Park, dines at the top shelf restaurants, attends mass, purchases chocolate chip cookies at the bakeries, or goes to the supermarkets, Mr. McKay is inevitably greeted with friendly smiles.  He appreciates the hospitality and kindheartedness in Yellowjacket country.

There is no other district in Texas that Mr. McKay would rather teach and live than in Edcouch - Elsa.  His favorite phrase is “Viva La Maquina!”

Edcouch-Elsa ISD and the Delta Area is so proud of you!