Friday, August 19, 2016

Teacher of the Year named Region 4 Finalist

Teresa Dolan of Edgewood Elementary School was honored as one of seven finalists for Region 4 Elementary Teacher of the Year during a recently held awards event and dinner. In May, Dolan was named as Spring Branch ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

A teacher librarian, Dolan is the first SBISD educator who is also a librarian to reach such a high recognition level in the annual Region 4 Teacher of the Year competition. She was recognized as a finalist during an Aug. 3 regional dinner.

Region 4 officials named seven finalists in the elementary competition and five secondary-level finalists. Ties in point award rankings led to additional finalists being named this year.

“SBISD is so proud of Teresa Dolan,” Superintendent Dr. Scott Muri said. “Teresa has distinguished herself as an exemplary teacher and librarian. This is reflected in her selection as a Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalist from a highly competitive field of 100 of our area’s best teachers, and it affirms how fortunate we are that Teresa chooses SBISD as her home.”

“We do congratulate and celebrate Teresa for earning accolades at both the district and Region 4 level. More importantly, we celebrate Teresa for her commitment to service in support of her colleagues and Every Child,” Dr. Muri also said. “Way to go, Teresa!”

JoAnn Conlon, who oversees libraries as the district director of innovative resource media systems, said Dolan’s recognition as Elementary Teacher of the Year was an important event, demonstrating that “we truly are a district of innovation.” 

“When Teresa became one of the Region 4 Teacher of the Year finalists, she forever changed the perception of a school librarian, opened up new doors, and increased awareness about school libraries and what we all do,” Conlon said.

“Teresa Dolan exemplifies the new role school librarians have – managing an effective library program, providing personalized learning environments for students, and offering equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for every student,” she also said.

Dolan earned her master’s degree in library science last year from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. A 2005 University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) graduate, she also received a masters of arts and teaching degree from UHD.

“I feel honored to be sharing a stage with such amazing educators,” Dolan said at SBISD’s Service Awards in May. “I feel very fortunate to work for a district that supports educators of all kinds. It’s a special place that encourages teachers to do all they can to help students, and I can’t wait to see how becoming a District of Innovation will continue this.”

Named as Region 4’s Teachers of the Year during the recent dinner and ceremony were Laura Hamilton of Aldine ISD and Dale Jensen of Clear Creek ISD. Since 1973, SBISD has had five teachers who were named both Region 4 Teacher of the Year and Texas Teacher of the Year.

To learn more about the Texas Teacher of the Year program, please visit Texas Association of School Administrators.

SBISD’s History of Region 4 Teachers of the Year:

2001 – Lorraine Maneen*, Secondary
1995 – Patty Oliver, Elementary
1992 – Debra Sue Sonner, Elementary
1989 – Joyce Roberta Miller-Alper*, Secondary
1987 – James Eugene Stones Jr.*, Secondary
1985 – Melanie Wells Christie*, Secondary
1983 – Patricia C. Taylor*, Secondary

*Also selected at Texas Teacher of the Year


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