The Joe Barnhart Foundation was impressed enough with the program last year to give Johnson and Moreno a grant to incorporate the program in the entire sixth- and seventh-grade math classes this year, Johnson said.
Moreno Principal Joni Barber took the theme and made Teach Loud, Learn Proud, the motto for this school year.
“This saying can mean many different things, but the words that we use at MMS are Eager, Caring, Unconventional, Honor, Creative, Enthusiastic, Excited, Pride, Whole-hearted, Rewarding, Passionate and Self-Important,” Barber said.
The staff took this to heart and, with the help of Larry Jackson (CEO of Loudmouth Golf) and LMG, ordered pants to go along with the theme.
The staff also has ordered T-shirts and polos from Total Graphics to help them “Teach Loud.”
“The kids love seeing their teachers dressed in (Loudmouth) pants,” Johnson said.
Barber, along with Assistant Principals Annette Sanchez and Hank Looney, presented an inservice to the teachers called “Smile and Move.”
Johnson, BISD’s teacher of the year, said, “Wearing these pants is an integral part of the program.
“They (the pants) make the children at ease, happy and proud of their teacher.
“Larry Jackson has had a tremendous impact on the children of Moreno Middle School, and I would like to say a big thank you to him.”
Jackson said, “Loudmouth is so pleased with the inspirational job John ‘JJ’ Johnson and the staff of Moreno Middle School has done to bring fun back into teaching.
“I had the privilege of spending time with Moreno students earlier this year and saw firsthand the influence that great and caring teaching has on our students.
“Bravo, JJ and Moreno Middle School.”