Spring Shadows 2013 Teacher of the Year - Lori Cabrera

Lori Cabrera
Spring Shadows Elementary
English as a Second Language Kindergarten Teacher

Education: Texas State Board of Certification, English as a Second Language/Gifted and Talented, 1997, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, 1996

Teaching History: Spring Shadows Elementary School, ESOL Kindergarten Teacher, 2006-2013, Ridgecrest Elementary School, ESOL First Grade & Kindergarten, 1996-2006

In her own words: “My philosophy is to concentrate on the whole child and to help each achieve his fullest potential by developing mentally, physically, emotionally and socially. To accomplish this, I create an active, stimulating environment where children are happy, comfortable and eager to learn… I believe that high self esteem, values and attitudes are essential to proper development.”

“Education must be viewed as a continuum. If a third-grader begins the year at a kindergarten level and exits at a beginning third-grade level, he or she has shown amazing success even though that student did not achieve the third-grade exit level. The student is not a failure!”

In the words of others: “The proof is in her children. In my classroom visits, I have never walked into her room and seen quiet children hanging on her every word, and I was pleased. Instead, there is always a buzz of activity in Mrs. Cabrera’s room because SHE hangs on the students’ words, the students’ actions, and the students’ needs. No two children can do the same thing because they don’t need the same lessons. Mrs. Cabrera exemplifies this!”

“She approaches students challenges with empathy, not sympathy. She teaches problem-solving, not passivity. She nurtures survivors, not victims. Every child is the most important child in her class. Every child made the most amazing discovery today. Every child succeeds, and that’s what really drives this talented teacher.” Spring Shadows Assistant Principal Susan Bryant

“I was lucky enough to have Lori Cabrera as a kindergarten teacher for not one, but both of my children . . . Lori was our first teacher in Spring Branch, and I was so pleased with her friendliness, knowledge and willingness to be accessible for questions or concerns that came up through the years. Our family values education, and I truly believe that both of our sons have done well because of the excellent foundation established by Lori.” Karen Neely, Parent

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
Master Teacher, 2012
Student Teacher Supervision, 7 Years


Spring Branch ISD