Monday, February 27, 2017

Campus Teachers of the Year Announced

Spring Branch ISD campuses have named more than 40 elementary and secondary educators as nominees for the annual campus Teacher of the Year competition and celebration. Nominations were submitted by campus and community members.

The district’s Teacher of the Year Committee will review nomination materials and then vote to select three elementary and secondary finalists for 2017 Teacher of the Year honors. After finalist group interviews, the district committee votes to pick its top candidate at each teaching level.

Superintendent of Schools Scott R. Muri, Ed.D., will recognize the district finalists and then announce the new Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year during this year’s Service Awards celebration, which will be held May 9 at the downtown Minute Maid Park facility during a Houston Astros baseball game.

As district winners, the two teachers receive a trophy-style Golden Apple Award as well as other awards and recognitions, including a $1,000 cash award and a $2,000 professional growth stipend.

SBISD’s Teachers of the Year represent the school district in regional competition. If successful at the regional level, they advance to compete for a top state honor – Texas Teacher of the Year.

During the past three decades, SBISD has had four teachers named regional and state Teacher of the Year winners. Numerous district-level educators have either been regional-level finalists or earned separate district, state and national awards.

This year’s SBISD Teacher of the Year nominees are:

Elementary Schools (Prekindergarten)

The Bear Boulevard School for Early Learning, Abby Tenorio
The Lion Lane School for Early Learning, Griselda Balbuena
The Panda Path School for Early Learning, Sarah Morris
The Tiger Trail School for Early Learning, Maricela Akshar
The Wildcat Way School for Early Learning, Cheryl Patterson

Elementary Schools

Bendwood Campus, Christina Swingle
Buffalo Creek Elementary, Anita Joshi
Bunker Hill Elementary, Megan Uzick
Cedar Brook Elementary, Marianela Amaya
Edgewood Elementary, Sandra Solis
Frostwood Elementary, Tracy Muras
Hollibrook Elementary, Kimberly Keefe
Housman Elementary, Kimberly Wiley
Hunters Creek Elementary, Nam Nguyen
Meadow Wood Elementary, Amy Griffith
Memorial Drive Elementary, Kim Kinard
Nottingham Elementary, Kelly Borally
Pine Shadows Elementary, Natasha Patel
Ridgecrest Elementary, Theresa Doherty
Rummel Creek Elementary, Rebecca Ramey
Spring Branch Academic Institute-Elementary, Sally Craddock
Shadow Oaks Elementary, Anne Marie Thomeer
Sherwood Elementary, Kara Ayala
Spring Branch Elementary, Serenity Bratton
Spring Shadows Elementary, Ashley Lopez-Davila
Terrace Elementary, Rosie Jones and Sarah Curry
Thornwood Elementary, Cristina Gossett
Treasure Forest Elementary, Tania Valladares
Valley Oaks Elementary, Amanda Kvinta
Westwood Elementary, Renee Mendez
Wilchester Elementary, Joanne Thomas
Woodview Elementary, Alyssa Grady

Secondary Schools

Academy of Choice, Vutheary Lazo
Cornerstone Academy, Linda Bosworth
District Alternative Education Program (DAEP), Ricardo Concepcion
Guthrie Center for Excellence, Erin Land
Landrum Middle School, Maricela Olivarez
Memorial High School, Stephanie Mosley
Memorial Middle School, Pilar Rivera
Northbrook High School, Jonathan Claydon
Northbrook Middle School, Crystal Nicholas
Spring Branch Middle School, George Ochoa
Spring Forest Middle School, Alissandre Robbins
Spring Oaks Middle School, Edith Lewis
Spring Woods High School, Alicia Maples
Spring Woods Middle School, Anthony Bergstrom
Stratford High School, Suza Sharp
Westchester Academy for International Studies, Daniel Robison


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