Michael Doggett, an English teacher at Hallie Wells Middle School, received a Twilight Award (sponsored by Box Tops for Education and General Mills) last night on Instagram Live from Chance the Rapper. With that award came a $30,000 prize that will be split between the teacher and the school he works at.
Doggett was born and raised in MoCo, attending Diamond and Thurgood Marshall Elementary Schools, Ridgeview Middle School and Quince Orchard High School. He began his teaching career 16 years ago as a second grade teacher at Fox Chapel Elementary School in Germantown. He worked at Ridgeview Middle School for about a decade before moving on to his current position at Hallie Wells Middle School.
Hallie Wells has a program called Empower Hour, where students have a choice about where they go, and teachers get to teach ANYTHING that they want to teach… just for the fun of learning (examples include gardening, improv, robotics, etc.). Doggett decided to teach Contemporary Communications, which gives students the opportunity to analyze songs, then write their own. He will be teaching it full-time next year to all three middle school grade levels.
“ When I found out I was going to get to speak to him, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window. I’ll never forget it because I was shaking so much and didn’t think it was real.” Doggett told me. He’s also very proud of his incredibly talented students and would love for you to check out their work on his YouTube channel: Youtube.com/MrDoggettRMS