Green BSISD’s top teacher

You don’t have to be a long-time teacher to be an outstanding teacher. Corey Green is proof-positive of that.Green, in the second year of his educational career, was named the recipient of the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award Tuesday, presented annually by the Big Spring Masonic Lodge No. 598, AF&AM, to the top teacher in the Big Spring Independent School District.Dennis Burns of the Masonic Lodge said nominees for the award were submitted by campus principals and the winner was named by a committee of Masons.Green, an Algebra I instructor at Big Spring High School, was well-deserving of the honor, BSHS Principal Mike Ritchey said.“As far as I can remember, this is the first time a teacher from the high school has been selected for the Lamar Award,” Ritchey said. “We’re excited, not only for Corey, but for the high school, as well. I know his students were excited, because they were there for the award presentation. He’s very deserving of this award. He’s a great teacher.”Ritchey said Green’s personal approach as a teacher is what makes him so successful.“He just builds a very positive relationship with his students. They’re not just numbers to him — they’re people,” Ritchey said. “He really cares for them as students.”Burns said the award is part of the Masons’ long-standing support of public education and is named after the second president of the Republic of Texas. Lamar is known as the father of Texas education for his work in establishing a public school system in the state.Contact Staff Writer Steve Reagan at 263-7331 ext. 235 or by e-mail at