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NBHS teacher named Area 7 CTE New Teacher of the Year

NBHS teacher Mykel Hayden named Area 7 CTE New Teacher of the Year

Mykel Hayden, the arts, audiovisual, technology and communications teacher at New Braunfels High School, was honored as this year’s Career and Technical Association of Texas (CTAT) Area 7 CTE New Teacher of the Year. She has been a teacher in NBISD since 2017 and is a second-generation CTE teacher and graduate of NBHS. She worked in graphic design for 11 years in various positions and a few years as a freelance designer before starting her teaching career at NBHS.

“I was freelancing when I stumbled into teaching,” said Hayden. “A former teacher of mine reached out on social media and told me that NBISD was looking for a graphic design teacher. I jumped at the opportunity to share my passion for graphic design. I was hired to teach graphic design at NBHS, my very own alma mater, 20 years after I graduated in 1997.”

Hayden obtained her alternative teaching certificate soon after being hired to teach. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Design (Graphic Design) from Texas State University.

“I’m so grateful that I have found such an amazing position and to have found teaching later in my graphic design career,” said Hayden. “Working with my student designers is truly what I was meant to do, and I am eternally grateful. I truly love what I do.”

Area 7 encompasses a large section of Texas and includes 19 counties. There are a total of 12 CTAT Areas in Texas. State winners advance to represent Texas in the Region IV ACTE (Association for Career & Technical Education) awards program. Region IV recipients advance to the national ACTE award program level.

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