Pine Shadows Elementary 2014 Teacher of the Year - Irma Garner

Irma Garner
Pine Shadows Elementary
Grade 2, Two-Way Dual Language

Region 4 Alternative Principal Certification Program 
University of Texas at Brownsville (Brownsville, Texas), Master of Education Bilingual Education, May 2013
University of Houston (Houston, Texas), Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Spanish, May 2000

Teaching History

Pine Shadows Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, 2006-present
Spring Branch Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, 2000-2006

13 years total of teaching experience

In her own words…

“Education is not one size fits all. It’s about fostering learners to develop critical thinking skills in content areas, developing communication, creativity, and collaboration to prepare students for the future. “

In the words of others . . .

“Irma excels in the classrooms. She sets high expectations for herself and her students. She sets a tone of academic achievement, regardless of the child and where that child is with their learning. Irma meets each child where they are and challenges them to be the best they can be both as learners and as people.”
Joyce Olson, Pine Shadows Elementary Principal

“Irma challenges herself as an educator. She is not afraid to face a challenge to try new instructional practices. She steps forward on campus a leader frequently, whether it be as a team leader, providing parent support, or teammate support.”
Lisa Dolce, Pine Shadows Elementary Instructional Coach

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
Parent U Speaker, Dual Language at Pine Shadows, October 2013
PTA School bell Award, 2011-2012
HAABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year, 2002-2003
2nd Grade Team Leader, Pine Shadows Elementary, Two Years


Spring Branch ISD