Shadow Oaks Elementary 2014 Teacher of the Year - Caroline Ortiz

Caroline Ortiz
Shadow Oaks Elementary School
Grades 3-5, Bilingual Teacher

University of Houston (Houston, Texas),  Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, 2009
University of Houston (Houston, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2001

Teaching History 
Shadow Oaks Elementary School, Spring Branch ISD, 2010-Present
Jack Fields Elementary, Humble ISD, 2004-2005
The Rice School, Houston ISD, 2001-2003

Eight years total of teaching experience

In her own words…

“I chose a career in teaching because…I wanted to motivate and infuse confidence in kids that there is something special within them, that they can overcome their current life limitations, which are no fault of their own, through hard work and dedication. I believe, through education, kids can shape their own destiny, live a better life, and make a difference in their community.”

In the words of others . . .

“Due to her ability to teach students effectively, she has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade here at Shadow Oaks. . . .She speaks to her students to inspire their hunger for knowledge and learning. The level of respect between Ms. Ortiz and her students is evidence of the good relationships she has fostered with them since the moment these students came into her room.”
Carlos Ortiz,Shadow Oaks Elementary  Bilingual Interventionist

“Mrs. Ortiz is a risk taker…Strong relationships are the footing to her success as a teacher. Ms. Ortiz piloted a program, “Who is Coming to My House? . . . During these home visits, she mentored and modeled for parents how to best support their child’s education at home.”
 – Julie Baggerly, Shadow Oaks Elementary Principal

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:
Texas A&M Science Literacy Research Program, Member, 2013-2014
Home Visit Research Program, Shadow Oaks Elementary, 2012-2013
Bilingual Teacher of the Year, The Rice School, HISD, 2002-2003

1 comment:

  1. I am so proud of you sister. You earned this award and recognition.


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