2018 Teacher Spotlight: Demetrios Houmas

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We are proud to introduce you to Bucks County “Teacher of The Year” finalist, Demetrios Houmas, who is a 15-year teaching veteran. His teaching career began at Lafayette Elementary and then transferred to John Fitch Elementary for a period of time. The Bristol Township School District underwent some consolidation, and he was ultimately placed at Keystone Elementary School.

Demetrios currently teaches Life Skills for kindergarten through second-grade students. He strives to provide guidance on everything from letter/number recognition to basic hygiene and cooking skills. He has coordinated life skills events for his school in partnership with Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

When Demetrios is not teaching he is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics. He was a Special Olympic swim coach for 14 years, and he is now a volunteer for the Special Olympic Track and Field program. He is also actively involved in his local community. He participates in many workshops and initiatives to support the local youth. He is a lifelong resident of Bucks County where he currently resides with his family.

Demetrios has a Master’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Holy Family University. He is CPI certified, and he is proud to teach one of the pilot classes for the school district’s Responsive Classroom initiative. He is also an active participant of the school district’s SWPBIS team. One of his career goals is to ultimately become a special education supervisor.

When we asked Demetrios what his favorite thing about teaching is, he immediately had an answer. He said,” Honestly, my favorite thing about teaching is being able to see the growth in one of my kids. They have an uphill battle from the moment they start school; everything is harder for them. When they achieve one of their goals or start using the bathroom independently – the sheer joy and excitement that they have are truly amazing! I also have the pleasure of working with some of the most dedicated support staff. They help make the room run smoothly from day to day.”

Thank you for your hard work Demetrios & the other 10 finalists!

Over the coming weeks, we will be spotlighting each of our ten finalists for Teacher of the Year on our blog and on our Facebook page.
 

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