Teacher with administrators

Charles Medley is Elementary Teacher of the Year for Nacogdoches Independent School, and Michelle Schaefer is Secondary Teacher of the Year. Medley teaches fifth-grade math and English language arts at Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language; Schaefer teaches U.S. History to eighth-graders at McMichael Middle School.

Medley has taught 12 years, including the last 10 with NISD. He’s completing his fifth year at Nettie Marshall where he was selected campus Teacher of the Year last month.

Schaefer is in her second year teaching eighth-grade U.S. History at McMichael, where she previously taught world geography. She also taught math and science at Mike Moses Middle School. 

Schaefer has spent her entire career with NISD and is this year’s McMichael’s campus Teacher of the Year, an honor she also received in 2017.

Medley is a Nacogdoches native and is a cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2006. Medley received his classroom teacher certification in 2012 through the Region VII Education Service Center.

Schaefer is a 1995 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2000, Schaefer received a Master of Education from SFA.