Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 8, 2014

Late Jacksonville educator honored

JACKSONVILLE — The late Marilyn Garrard Hooker of Jacksonville was honored by the Baylor University School of Education at the annual Senior Recognition Banquet April 14 on the Baylor campus in Waco. Hooker was chosen for the 2014 Most Memorable Teacher Award based on an essay submitted by Baylor student Meagan Pike of Jacksonville.

Pike is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville High School, and Mrs. Hooker was her AP English teacher during her junior year.

“Mrs. Hooker had an impact on us during our high school career that would carry far beyond the classroom, pushing us to be better learners and better people throughout our lives,” Pike said.

Pike is a graduating senior at Baylor, studying secondary education with a specialization in English Language Arts.

“Mrs. Hooker’s love for her students is what has inspired me in my pursuit of a teaching career,” Pike said. “I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was in kindergarten, but Mrs. Hooker made me realize what kind of teacher I wanted to be and what kind of person I wanted to become.”

Mrs. Hooker died in October 2012, and her husband, Darvin Hooker, accepted the award on her behalf. Also in attendance at the banquet were the Hookers’ daughter, Kristi Summerlin and her husband, Newell, and the Hookers’ son, John Hooker.

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