2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year - Theresa Schwab-Trevino

Theresa Schwab-Trevino
Rummel Creek Elementary
Second-Grade English as a Second Language/Gifted and Talented Teacher

Education: Houston Baptist University, Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Instructional Technology, 2001 University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1997

Teaching History: Rummel Creek Elementary School, Second Grade ESL/GT, self-contained, 2001-Present Grace School, Summer Enrichment 3rd-7th Grade, 1997-2003 Thornwood Elementary, Summer School, 1997 Woodview Elementary School, Prekindergarten/Kindergarten, 1997-2001 Spring Branch ISD, Substitute Teacher, 1994-1996

In her own words: “My goal today is to make learning fun, and help children become successful at anything they do. I am very open with my students and explain to them, as well as their parents on Back to School Night, how hard it was for me to learn. The truth is there is nothing I can’t do!”

“Teachers are very similar to brain surgeons when you think about it. Although teachers do not operate on the brain per se, we do help correct and develop the future of a child by firing off the synapses necessary for obtaining new information.”

“[Students] are always surprised to hear about how hard it was for me to learn. Many students feel that teachers are supposed to know everything. So, when my second-graders hear how hard it was for me to read and write, and even learn math, it opens up our level of trust and helps build relationships where honesty and reality set the stage.”

In the words of others: “In my 20-plus years of experience as a teacher and an administrator, I have never worked with anyone as gifted in using technology to enhance learning and motivate students.” “I think the thing that puts Theresa Trevino over the top as a great teacher is her compassion for her students and her zest for teaching. Many of the items that she exposes students to during lessons open up numerous new avenues to students in their lives.” Rummel Creek Elementary Principal Nancy Harn

“I would recommend Mrs. Trevino for Teacher of the Year and, if possible, Teacher of the Century, or, better yet, the new millennium and Teacher of the USA! She is a true diamond among teachers. She is amazing and then some in all she does as a teacher and person – she is just incredible and an outstanding example for all teachers to follow.” Kimberley Henckel, Parent

“Theresa was one of the best teachers that my child has ever had. She pushed my child to help meet his academic goals. My child was above grade level in reading, but his level had remained stagnant for two years. Theresa made it her goal to bring up my son’s reading level by the end of the school year and I am happy to say that she was successful.” Francine Todes, Parent

Selected Honors, Recognitions and Activities:
  • ICLE Classroom Observation Volunteer, 2012-Present
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium Educator, 2012
  • ActiveEducator Technology Staff Developer, 2012-Present
  • Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) Grant Recipient, 2012
  • SBEF J. Landon Mini Grant Recipient, 2012, 2009, 2002, 1998
  • Region IV Technology Teacher of the Year, 2011
  • Teacher Mentor, 2001-Present


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