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O’Banion Selected as James Becker Thomson Winner


By: Susan Passmore


Becky O’Banion, homebound special education teacher for Goose Creek CISD, has been selected as the James Becker Thomson Special Education Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018.


O'Banion Named James B. Thomson Winner

Becky O’Banion
She is the 43rd recipient of the award, established by Dr. Richard Thomson, retired ophthalmologist, in honor of his late brother James, who benefited from special education services.



O’Banion earned a B.A. degree in fashion merchandising from Louisiana Tech and received her certification in special education through Region 4. She began her teaching career at Robert E. Lee High School, where she taught resource English for two years, moving to Gentry Junior School to co-teach English and history for three years. This is her 16th year to work with homebound special education students, which range from ages three to 21. O’Banion goes into their homes about four hours each week, where she works with the students on academics. She also helps families find resources in the community and the state to benefit their children.


One of the highlights of her career has been to work with mainstreaming, which was just implemented when she was still in the classroom, and to see those students out in the community being successful. Another highlight is to be able to help students graduate from high school.


From a military family, O’Banion was born in Oklahoma and has lived in Germany, England, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. She has been married to her husband David for 33 years, and they have one son, Joshua, who is an archeologist. They have been active in the community with Boy Scouts, the Saltwater Anglers League of Texas (S.A.L.T) and the choir at Ross S. Sterling High School as well as at Goose Creek Memorial, helping to start a booster club.


“I am honored to have been selected as the James Becker Thomson Special Education Teacher of the Year, and I am passionate about helping our students and their families. If you don’t have a passion for teaching, the students won’t have a passion for learning,” said O’Bannon.




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