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Posted March 7, 2011

Teacher of the Year
Morton Ranch High School (MRHS) recently announced Jim Janczak as this year’s teacher of the year.  He is a sophomore English teacher and the head baseball coach at MRHS.  He has been teaching for 22 years, and his career has included teaching at Memorial Parkway Junior High, Taylor High School, and MRHS.

He was a football coach at Taylor High School, later serving as the school’s first softball coach before moving to baseball the next year. Janczak moved to Morton Ranch when it opened and became the school’s first baseball coach. This is Coach Janczak’s second teacher of the year award.

To help kick off TAKS testing, MRHS varsity baseball players Jake Stewart, Jesse Davis, Anthony Gomez, and Joseph Heaton, along with Coach Janczak, joined Morton Ranch Elementary for TAKS spring training.  The boys visited with Morton Ranch Elementary students and talked about eating healthy, listening to their coaches, working hard, and doing the best they can do.  The team led students in warm-up exercises and gave principal Elisa Farris the game ball from their home opener that they won the night before as a reminder to students that hard work pays off.

Teacher Receives Award
Jeanna Bickerstaff, MRHS AP English language and composition teacher and English department chair, was recently honored at the March Katy ISD School Board meeting for the College Board Southwest Region Advanced Placement Award.  This award was given for her work in advancing the AP program at MRHS.  She was one of four winners to receive the award in the southwest region, which consists of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arizona.

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MRHS baseball coach Jim Janczak was named Teacher of the Year.
Members of the MRHS varsity baseball team visited with Morton Ranch Elementary students to kick off TAKS.
Jeanna Bickerstaff with Katy ISD Board of Education member Neal Howard.
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