“It means so much because [nominations] came from some of my kiddos,” Maye said. “My whole purpose for being a teacher, being up here, is putting a smile on somebody’s face every day, as many as I can. If I can give them a smile and give some encouragement, then that has made my day.”
Through online nominations, Maye, who is the district’s Technology Director and Yearbook teacher, was selected to receive a check for $500. The program gives the teacher a chance to choose a charity or non-profit that will also receive $500.
Her students told KCBD that Maye is a mentor and role model who shows patience and care through her teaching.
“I’m very honored,” Maye said. “I don’t think I deserve it. I think they deserve it because they are the ones who do it every day. I’m just here to help them and offer them support. Smyer ISD is a wonderful place to work. The kids, of course, are what motivate me each and every day."
Maye chose the American Cancer Society to receive the additional $500. She made the selection in honor of a teacher that made a great impact on her life.
“Sue Maben from Spur, Texas, passed away from cancer a few months ago,” Maye said. “She really, really pushed me. She was a sweetheart. I hope I’m like that. I hope some of these [students] can walk away and I’ve touched them the way Sue touched me. Mrs. Maben was so supportive of me. She believed in me, but better yet, she made me believe in me.”
The American Cancer Society said donations of time or money are very valuable to the organization, especially when they are made in honor of someone.
“It means so much, especially in these smaller communities like Smyer,” Senior Manager Misti Welch said. “We do reach out here. We provide the same services we do in any other community as far as wigs, they can come to the Hope Lodge for treatment, rides to their facility for treatment. We like to make sure that everyone in all the communities know about the services that we provide. That’s where this money will go to.”
Maye told KCBD the funds she received will go back to her classroom to purchase cameras or new technology for the computers. She hopes the skills her students learn will stay with them.
“I hope they leave here knowing I support them and love them no matter where or what they are doing,” Maye said.
To nominate a teacher for the One Class at a Time recognition, click here.