Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Caitlin Perkins

Caitlin Perkins
Thornwood Elementary

3rd Grade - English as a Second Language (ESL)

Education
Texas A&M University at College Station, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, 2010
Texas State Teacher Certification, Early Childhood to Fourth Grade

Teaching History
Thornwood Elementary, 3rd Grade ESL-Self-Contained, 2012-Present
Spring Branch Elementary, 3rd Grade ESL-Self-Contained, 2011-12
Thornwood Elementary, 3rd Grade ESL-Self-Contained, 2010-11

Total Years in Education - 5 Years

In her own words . . .

“For a teacher to be successful, building positive relationships with their students is imperative. I am able to create these relationships with my students by showing them how much I care and believe in their future success. By the end of the year, my goal is to have my students walk away with knowing that their future is in their hands. They can achieve anything they set their mind to.”

In the words of others . . .

“Girls on the Run was a project Caitlin initiated and sponsored on her own in order to support our girls and their self-esteem. The program has made such an impact and has been so popular that we have added sessions for the fall and spring.” 
- Vicki Lullo, Thornwood Elementary Assistant Principal

“One of the most important roles that Ms. Perkins plays in regards to her students is ‘matriarch.’ She is constantly promoting the SBISD idea of ‘One Family,’ and was doing so long before the district adopted the goal. Ms. Perkins makes student successes into a family celebration to show that they are all interdependent and ‘in this together.’”
- Selma Prewitt, Thornwood Elementary 3rd Grade Team Leader

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Katya Michel

Katya Michel
The Wildcat Way School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten, 2008-Present

Education
Universidad del Valle del Atemajac Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Law Degree, 2001
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 1995

Teaching History
Wildcat Way School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2008-Present
Panda Path School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2003-2008

Total Years in Education - 11 years

In her own words . . .

“I teach PreK children ages 4 to 5 years old to be true bilingual citizens, to read and write, their numbers, the alphabet, to sing, to use a pair of scissors, and to socialize and be independent children who are able to follow routines. For me, working in bilingual education in the United States of America is very rewarding and extremely important.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Michel exhibits all the attributes Spring Branch ISD values in a teacher. Katya is an energetic, joyful, compassionate, passionate and caring educator.” 
- Vivian Pratts, Edgewood Principal/Bilingual ESL Dept. Director

“Year after year, Katya has worked to build a positive rapport with parents, and she enlists them as partners in the learning of their children.” 
- Tim Ashford, Wildcat Way School for Early Learning Administrator

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Felipe Acosta

Felipe Acosta
Treasure Forest Elementary
3rd Grade - Bilingual Self-Contained

Education
University of St. Thomas Alternative Certification Program Region IV, 2003
Externado de Colombia University, Bachelor of Science in Economics, 2002

Teaching History
Treasure Forest Elementary, 3rd Grade Bilingual Self-Contained, 2011-Present
Treasure Forest Elementary, 4th Grade Bilingual Self-Contained, 2009-11
Edgewood Elementary, 3rd Grade Bilingual Self-Contained, 2004-09
Landis Elementary, Alief ISD, 2nd Grade Bilingual Self-Contained, 2003-04
Certifications: Bilingual Generalist Early Childhood through Fourth Grade

Total Years in Education - 12 years

In his own words . . .

“My philosophy of teaching has been to focus on inspiring students from any background or ethnicity to become future leaders and entrepreneurs, nation builders. Building bridges of trust with my students and parents, by opening channels of positive communication in order to create systems of support to be able to increase student achievement. . . . Planting seeds of leadership in individuals who can apply a set of skills with values like tolerance, forgiveness and humility to lead our nation.”

In the words of others . . .

“Felipe is quite creative. He is always working on different projects with literacy and technology that excite his students. He works tirelessly to find the strategies, books and resources that his students find engaging. His room is child centered. When you walk in his classroom, you can see that the students take great pride in making this place a home away from home. It is a very inviting and calming environment.” 
- Maureen Ucles, Treasure Forest Elementary Lead iCoach

“Felipe is deeply dedicated to all children, not solely those within his classroom. He has nurtured third- and fourth-grade students in all core subjects, but most amazing is his creative ability to ignite and excite a deep desire within his students to explore, discover, learn and express their cross-curricular understandings.”
- Kathleen Perry, Treasure Forest Elementary teacher

“While remaining current with the latest instructional strategies and technologies, he can still reach a troubled or struggling student with simple, yet profound, caring instincts and empathy coupled with complete professionalism. Likewise, he also challenges his brightest of students because of professional development experiences and innovations he has pursued.

Felipe has a calling on his life, and that calling is teaching. He teaches his students to strive for excellence, to love reading, and to respect each other, to wear a smile, to have faith, and to remember that the storms of life can often produce beautiful rainbows and new growth.”
- Blanca Reyes, Treasure Forest Elementary Principal

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Nicola Pilon

Nicola Pilon
The Tiger Trail School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten - English as a Second Language Teacher, 2001-Present

Education
Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois), Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, 1992

Teaching History
Tiger Trail School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten ESL, 2001-Present
Reece Academy Magnet School, Aldine ISD, Montessori Teacher, 1996-2001
Langstead School, North Forest ISD, Prekindergarten, 1993-96

Total Years in Education - 23 years

In her own words . . .

“The biggest reward I find in teaching is knowing that I have actually made a difference in a child’s life. There is truly nothing better than having a child coming back to visit years later, and hearing them tell you that you were their favorite teacher, and seeing the excitement in their eyes as they tell you all of the success they’ve had since they left you. That is when you know you are an outstanding teacher.”

In the words of others . . .

“It is not very often that you have such a dedicated teacher who is so very strong instructionally and teaches with 100 percent commitment each and every day, all while enjoying it.”
- Leslie Marquez, Literacy Consultant

“One of the main reasons I stayed in Spring Branch ISD as a teacher this year is so that my daughter could have Mrs. Pilon. Currently, my daughter is in Mrs. Pilon’s class. I have seen tremendous growth due to her. My daughter has a love for learning, loves going to school, knows almost all of her letters, is beginning to read, increased her fine motor skills, and most importantly loves her teacher!” 
- Susan Wilkins, Westwood Elementary 1st Grade Teacher

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Elsie Contreras

Elsie Contreras
Panda Path School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten - Bilingual Teacher, 2013-Present

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science, Teaching & Learning, 2012

Teaching History
Panda Path School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2013-Present
Nottingham Elementary, Long-Term Substitute, Winter/Spring, 2013

Total Years in Education - 2 years

In her own words . . .

“I knew that this profession wasn’t going to be easy, but I also didn’t know how much I would love it. I love seeing the efforts my students put forth each and every day. I also love all of the love I receive from my little ones. The hugs, drawings and treats are endless, but the best part of being a teacher is seeing the students’ growth throughout the year. They start with so little, and they leave with so much!”

In the words of others . . .

“Elsie is an extraordinary teacher. She has a positive work ethic, engaging and creative teaching methods, organized classroom management skills and loving arms with a smile always on her face. Her positive attitude makes being part of her team an honor. ” 
- Omayra Hernandez, Panda Path School for Early Learning Teacher

“Her positive attitude and creativity make her classroom a fun and exciting place to learn. This year, her classroom provided students many different opportunities to role play. For a time, it was a coffee shop where students got to be the customers or servers. Then it became a pizza parlor where students ‘cooked,’ served and ate pizza. The latest transformation was into a barn yard where students can be farmers and take care of animals . . . In Ms. Contreras class, learning and having fun go together. ” 
- Sara Hannes, Panda Path School for Early Learning Director

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Estefana Maria Limas

Estefana Maria Limas
The Lion Lane School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten, 2014-Present

Education
University of Phoenix, Bachelor in Business Management, 2000

Teaching History
Years in Spring Branch ISD, 14 years
The Lion Lane School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2014-Present
The Tiger Trail School for Early Learning, Prekindergarten, 2012-2014

Total Years in Education - 3 years

In her own words . . .

“My motivating factor for being a teacher is having the opportunity to be part of the journey that will help build the future of a child. The moments that inspire me are those of student achievement whether from mastering writing a name to learning to socialize and be respectful to peers, as well as just showing students love and affection.”

In the words of others . . .

“Estefana is always looking for new ways to challenge and meet the needs of every student that walks through her doorway. She is always able to create a successful learning environment allowing all of her students to feel safe and successful.” 
- Dana Dale, Lion Lane School for Early Learning Assistant Director

“Estefana has a wonderful relationship with her parents. She uses technology to share what is going on in class by sending parents pictures and text. This has been a pleasure for my family to be included in each day. Parents really appreciate pictures of their child at school or a short note about their successes.” 
- Sharee Cantrell, Lion Lane School for Early Learning Director

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Patricia Brady

Patricia Brady
The Bear Boulevard School for Early Learning
Prekindergarten - Bilingual Teacher, 2001-Present

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Cum Laude, 1995
Blinn College, Associate of Arts Degree, 1993
Certifications: Elementary Education, Kindergarten to 8th Grade; English as a Second Language (ESL); Bilingual Education; Early Childhood Education; University of Houston-Clear Lake, Reading Recovery Teacher Training

Teaching History
Wilchester Elementary, Bilingual Prekindergarten, 2001-Present
Cedar Brook Elementary, Prekindergarten, 1999-2001
Cedar Brook Elementary, DLL Teacher/ESL Specialist, 1995-2001

Total Years in Education - 20 years

In her own words . . .

“What inspires me? Children inspire me! I love being the first teacher (in a school setting) of young students and helping to set a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning.”

In the words of others . . .

“Patty is a team player and gets along with other teachers and administrators. She has a keen interest in the success of the school as a whole. Ms. Brady’s passion and enthusiasm for learning are contagious to all those in her presence.” 
- Kimberly Hammer, Bear Boulevard School for Early Learning Director

“Patty is the kind of teacher that is always willing to share experiences and wonderful ideas not only on my campus, but teachers in the Houston area. I have seen how she guides and helps teachers when they need support in reading and writing. Her knowledge in Reading Recovery and Early Childhood makes her very special.” 
- Vicente Hernandez, Bear Boulevard School for Early Learning Bilingual Teacher

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Jennifer Deaton

Jennifer Deaton
Wilchester Elementary
4th Grade - Math and Science

Education
Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, Education Administration coursework, 2013-14
Texas A&M University, Master’s Degree in Education Psychology, 2006
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2002

Teaching History
Wilchester Elementary, 4th Grade Math & Science, 2013-Present
Wilchester Elementary, Kindergarten, 2005-2009
Hunters Creek Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher, 2005-2009
Holleman Elementary, Waller ISD, 1st Grade Dual-Language Teacher, 2002-2005

Total Years in Education - 13 years

In her own words . . .

“My reward comes when my students come to school with a sense of self-worth and confidence. . . . As their year progresses, they become more confident and mature. These little ones that walk in giggling with excitement and a little apprehension, walk out in June with a skip in their step and a bit wiser.”

In the words of others . . .

“Jennifer has poise with both children and parents that invite dialogue and learning. I have always admired her patience. In a community where children and parents seem rushed, she is always in control of the moment. To this day, our girls frequently quote Ms. Deaton and we are always so excited to see her in the halls. It is hard to describe the immense positive impact she has had on both of our girls, both educationally and personally.” 
- Camille Stern, Wilchester Elementary Parent

“She is the ‘real deal,’ the elder eagle, the teacher you want your own children to have every single year! Not only does she teach our young people the academics they need to know in this world, but she teaches them how to ‘be’ in this world by what she models – kindness, caring, loving, encouragement and dedication.” 
- Y. Michelle Perkins, Wilchester Elementary Parent and SBISD Counselor

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Jonathan Christman

Jonathan Christman
Woodview Elementary
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) Kindergarten and PreK Special Education Teacher

Education
Houston Baptist University, Special Education Endorsement, 2006
Le Tourneau University, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2005
Houston Police Academy, TCLEOSE Certified Peace Officer, 1994-95

Teaching History
Woodview Elementary, PPCD Kindergarten and PreK Special Education, 1 Year
Valley Oaks Elementary, PPCD Kindergarten and PreK Special Education, 4 Years

Total Years in Education - 5 years

In his own words . . .

“I’m inspired working with children with special needs. When I observe my students do something for the first time, that’s what motivates me.”

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Lindsey Buse

Lindsey Buse
Valley Oaks Elementary
AIM (Autism Intervention and Management) Special Education Teacher

Education
Texas State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Education, 2008

Teaching History
Valley Oaks Elementary, AIM Special Education Teacher, 2012-Present
Shadow Oaks Elementary, LifeSkills Special Education Teacher, 2010-12
Shadow Oaks Elementary, Resource Special Education Teacher, 2008-10

Total Years in Education - 6 years

In her own words . . .

“I am incredibly passionate about teaching, and the kids and families that I work with. I see a lot of children who have so many extraordinary abilities, but need to be taught the skills and strategies to be the most successful version of themselves. . . . I truly love my job. The greatest reward is seeing a child overcome obstacles and start advocating for themselves and their future. That makes it all worth it!”

In the words of others . . .

“Lindsey has a limitless understanding and patience with her students. Repeatedly, I have witnessed her gentle approach bring even the most determined student to make the right choice. Lindsey has the ability to bring out the best in students and co-workers alike, all the while maintaining continuous professionalism.” 
- Bruce Burgner, Valley Oaks Elementary paraprofessional

“We can all learn from people like Lindsey Buse. Our Valley Oaks World is a better place because of the humble spirit of this strong, gentle woman and we have all benefited from her efforts to live each day to the fullest!” 
- Marcia Looper, Valley Oaks Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher

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Campus Elementary Teacher of the Year - Noemi Leon-Garcia

Noemi Leon-Garcia
Westwood Elementary
4th Grade - Bilingual Teacher

Education
Houston Baptist University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bilingual Education, 2003
Houston Community College, Associate of Arts Degree, 2000

Teaching History
Westwood Elementary, 4th Grade Bilingual, 2010-Present
Buffalo Creek Elementary, 4th Grade Bilingual Teacher, 2005-2010
Buffalo Creek Elementary, 2nd Grade Bilingual Teacher, 2003-2005

Total Years in Education - 12 years

In her own words . . .

“I believe we are in this profession as a helping hand. We may be seen as superheroes to some of our students. We don’t only educate them, but at times we become their counselor, nurse and even caregiver. A teacher’s heart has a never ending love for her students. They are on our minds constantly.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Leon’s love and high expectations for her students is what makes her such an amazing educator. She understands the importance of not only being a highly qualified teacher, but a mentor, counselor, tutor and friend. If you have the opportunity to see her at work, whether it is before school, during lunch, or after school, you can find her working with groups of kids. No child is left behind if she has anything to do with it!” 
- Kay Kennard, Westwood Elementary Principal

“When you walk into Noemi’s room, you feel invited and relaxed. Her walls are filled with student work and anchor charts. Books abound all around her room. Noemi loves to teach Language Arts and she works tirelessly to infuse science, social studies and math with literacy.”
- Maureen Ucles, Lead iCoach, Elementary Language Arts

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Diana Lopez

Diana Lopez
Spring Branch Elementary
5th Grade - Bilingual Language Arts and Social Studies/Team Leader

Education
Florida International University, Miami, Fla., Bachelor of Science in Education, 2005

Teaching History
Spring Branch Elementary, 5th Grade Bilingual, 2013-Present
Beckendorff Junior High, Katy ISD, Spanish for High School Credit Teacher, 2007-11
R.R. Moton Elementary, Miami, Fla., K-5 Spanish as a Second Language Teacher, 2006-07
Marjorie Stoneman Elementary, Miami, Fla., 4th Grade Bilingual Student Teacher, 2005-06
Carlos J. Finlay Elementary, Miami, Fla., America Reads Tutor, 2003-05

Total Years in Education - 8 Years

In her own words . . .

“As a teacher, I have been blessed with the opportunity to touch the lives of many children. I see a teaching career as the hardest, most rewarding experience anyone can have. My students are my everyday inspiration. They come to school every day carrying the adverse circumstances that they live in, circumstances that no child should have the burden to carry, and yet they put their best foot forward and try to find in school everything they need and lack. So, I feel most obligated to help each and every one of them reach their potential and to inspire in them a love for learning and life – just like they inspire me every day!”

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Kimberly Muske

Kimberly Muske
Shadow Oaks Elementary
5th Grade

Education
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with minor in History, May 2001
Region IV Alternative Teacher Certification, Spring 2005
University of St. Thomas, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, December 2012

Teaching History
Shadow Oaks Elementary, 5th Grade, 2007-Present

Total Years in Education - 8 ½ years upon the completion of this year

In her own words . . .

“My biggest motivator is when students tell me that they understand something, or that they ‘get it’ after I teach a lesson. It is also motivating when students tell you they don’t want to stop the lesson when we need to transition to the next task for the day. Students who tell me they love math and science this year also inspire me to create lessons that I know they will not only learn from, but that they will enjoy.”

In the words of others . . .

“On any given day, you will find Ms. Muske in her classroom very early in the morning preparing her lessons and working long into the afternoon hours tutoring students, mentoring colleagues and student teachers, or sponsoring student clubs. Come to Shadow Oaks on the weekend and you will find her time to our students at our Super Cool Saturday School.”
- Julie Baggerly, Shadow Oaks Elementary Principal

“Ms. Muske is compassionate and nurturing. She was there for my son when he doubted himself. Now, she is there for my daughter. She is an advocate for her students, always aware of what is going on in her classroom because she is so involved with her students.”
- Ida Gibson, Shadow Oaks Elementary Parent

“During her Thanksgiving Break and the weekends leading up to the Winter Break, Kimberly spent time making a pillow for each of her 43 students. This gave them the message that she really does care about every single one of them.”
- Anne Marie Thomeer, 5th Grade ESL, Shadow Oaks Elementary

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Rita Davidek

Rita Davidek
Ridgecrest Elementary
1st Grade - All Subjects

Education
Texas A&M University at College Station, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, 1985

Teaching History
Ridgecrest Elementary, 1st Grade, 2013-Present
Pine Shadows Elementary, 1st Grade, 1986-2013
Terrace Elementary, 1st Grade, 1985-86

Total Years in Education - 30 Years

In her own words . . .

“Teaching is not just about curriculum, TEKS and tests. My goal each day is to motivate students to be the best version of themselves. The parts of teaching that inspire me are those little moments each day that, with a bit of encouragement, the students feel success.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Davidek is a veteran teacher who continues to search for innovation in meeting the needs of her students. She creates a culture in her classroom where all of her students can learn and show growth. As a first-grade teacher, she is instrumental in teaching her students to read and love reading.”
- Patricia Thomas, Ridgecrest Elementary School Principal

“Rita demonstrates qualities of a master teacher. She understands that a one-size-fits-all delivery system does not work best for diverse student populations. While planning for learning, Mrs. Davidek differentiates her lessons to address all of her student’s academic, cultural and emotional needs.”
- Steven Speyrer, Ridgecrest Elementary Associate Principal

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - SaMone Ballard

SaMone Ballard
Pine Shadows Elementary
2nd Grade - English as a Second Language (ESL)/Mainstream

Education
University of Texas at Austin, Dual Concentration Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Social Work, 2012

Teaching History
Pine Shadows Elementary, 2nd Grade ESL, 2014-Present

Other Related Experience:
Piney Point Elementary, 5th Grade, Summer 2014
Houston Can Academy, 9th Grade Academic Advisor/Teacher’s Aide, 2012-13
Hastings High School, Grades 9-12, Tutor, Fall Semester, 2012

Total Years in Education - 1 Year

In her own words . . .

“I want to always ensure that anyone who resembles me or my socioeconomic background has an equal opportunity of advancing themselves and their community.”

In the words of others . . .

“SaMone epitomizes the role of classroom teacher. She started her year back in August by visiting the home or every child in her second-grade class. Her parents brag on her that she works very hard to inspire, motivate and educate her students.”
- Joyce Olson, Pine Shadows Elementary Principal

“She is, by far, the best teacher any of my children have ever had. I have been impressed by her dedication to her students and commitment to parents. From the first day of school, she has voiced her objective to bring her students where they should be by the first semester, and then prepare them for future grades in the second semester.”
- Monica Tlass, Pine Shadows Parent

“I can honestly say that SaMone Ballard is one of the most tenacious people I have ever met. . . . She has transformed her classroom into an environment where excellence is the goal and every student’s success is the main priority.”
- Miranda Wilson, Second Grade, Pine Shadows Elementary

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Katrina Briggins Stanfill

Katrina Briggins Stanfill
Spring Forest Middle School
7th Grade - Language Arts

Education
St. Leo University, St. Leo, Fla., Bachelor of Business Management, 2001

Teaching History
Spring Forest Middle School, 6-8th Grade Language Arts, 2004-Present

Total Years in Education - 11 years

In her own words . . .

“I am inspired to teach by the students who think they can’t learn or who think they aren’t smart. I believe in second, third, and sometimes fourth chances because succeeding isn’t how fast you can accomplish something, but it is because you continue trying to accomplish something.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Briggins-Stanfill is a perfect embodiment of ‘true grit’ in that her true excellence as a learner and instructional leader begins once the first obstacle is presented. She [does] what’s best for students.”
- Curtis George, Spring Forest Middle School

“Ms. Briggins-Stanfill continuously remains very optimistic as she diligently strives to meet the individual needs of each one of her students, holds kids at the very heart of all that she does, and [builds] on the strengths and gifts of every pupil in her classroom.”
- Bryan T. Taulton, Spring Forest Middle School Assistant Principal

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Ashley Westhaver

Ashley Westhaver
Northbrook Middle School
8th Grade - Science

Education
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., Master of Science in Educational Leadership, 2015
California State University, Chico, Calif., Bachelor Science in Animal Science

Teaching History
Northbrook Middle School, 7th-8th Grade Science, 2013-Present

Total Years in Education - 2 years

In her own words . . .

“Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As an eighth-grade teacher, my students are on the brink of entering their adult lives, yet still young enough to have their path altered by a transformational education. . . . I am thankful for every day I get to spend with them because it marks another opportunity to equip my students with the tools they will need to make it to and through college.”

In the words of others . . .

“Her students will tell you that ‘Mrs. Westhaver is my favorite teacher because she wants me to do the work and be successful.’ This high compliment tells me that students feel accepted. They know she cares and will always help them.”
- Lesli Brown, Interdisciplinary Instructional Coach

“Ashley is among the top performing teachers that I have had a chance to work with. Not only are her students reaching top results inside and outside of the classroom, but she is the ultimate professional who has taken leadership roles at her school and within our Teach for America community.”
- Stephanie Taylor, Teacher Leadership Development Director, Teach for America-Houston

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Elisa Barry

Elisa Barry
Spring Branch Middle School
6th Grade - Art and Pre-AP Advanced 8th Grade Art

Education
Rice University, AP Art Certification
University of North Texas, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Certifications: Art, All-Levels; Social Studies, Grades 5-8

Teaching History
Spring Branch Middle School, Art, Texas/U.S. History, Library Assistant, 2006-Present
Alvin ISD, Elementary and High School Art, 2002-05 and 1989-99
Bryan ISD, Elementary Art, 2001-02

Total Years in Education - 23 years

In her own words . . .

“My students motivate me! Watching my students work through the creative process inspires me. I look forward to spending each day with them and watching them problem solve and become independent learners!”

In the words of others . . .

“Positive, creative, collaborative, student-centered, professional and energetic are adjectives which describe Elisa. . . . She has consistently demonstrated a willingness to serve as a cheerleader for both Spring Branch Middle students and staff. As an art teacher, she always finds time to celebrate the talent and creativity of [our] students . . .”
- Bryan J. Williams, Spring Branch Middle School Principal

“The awards her students have earned this year prove how dedicated she is to her profession and how skilled she is as a teacher to inspire such creativity in her students. Elisa’s skills of craftsmanship are highly developed, and she has an astute attention to detail. Naturally, this is passed on to her students and the projects they create.”
- Dana Johnson, Spring Branch Middle School Assistant Principal

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Taylor Ellerbrock

Taylor Ellerbrock
Memorial Middle School
6-8th Grade - Special Education, Resource English Language Arts and Co-Teacher

Education
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Special Education emphasis, May 2012

Teaching History
Memorial Middle School, Special Education, Co-Teacher and Resource English Language Arts (ELA), 2014-Present
SBISD In-Home & Parent Trainer, Special Education, 2014-Present
SBISD Achieving Positive Transition (APT) Special Education Teacher, 12th Grade Vocational Training, 2013-2014
Jane Long Middle School, Bryan ISD, Special Education, Co-Teacher and Resource English Language Arts (ELA), 2012-2013

Total Years in Education - 3 years

In her own words . . .

“It is imperative to develop and foster relationships with the students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff to work together to make a difference in each student’s life. It takes teamwork, collaboration and positivity in order to reach students and bring them to a place of safe and enriched learning.”

In the words of others . . .

“The quality of Taylor’s instruction is exceptional. She uses a variety of creative, innovative strategies that keep her students engaged, focused and motivated. . . . She works tirelessly to break learning roadblocks for students struggling to meet every day academic rigor.”
- Dave Parker, Memorial Middle School Principal

“There are days that I go to her room for the positive feeling Taylor reflects onto others. I am honest in saying that she can ‘turn a gray sky to blue’ with a simple positive gesture, a sweet smile and a loving attitude.”
- Connie Springs, AIM Mentor Teacher, Memorial Middle School

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Karl Poetzl

Karl Poetzl
Stratford High School
9-12th Grade - Geometry Pre-AP/AP Statistics Teacher

Education
St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minn., Special Education Certification
Beloit College, Beloit, Wis., Bachelor of Arts in Math and Anthropology, 1996
Certifications: Special Education (Ages 10-21), Cognitive Disabilities (Ages 10-21), Special Education (Early Childhood-12th Grade), Mathematics (Grades 4-12), Science (Grades 4-8)

Teaching History
Stratford High School, Geometry Pre-AP/AP Statistics, 2011-Present and Math and Computer Literacy, 1997-2001
School District of Beloit, Beloit, Wis., Biology and Math, 2002-2010
Beloit College Athletic Dept., Cross County and Track & Field, Assistant Coach
Beloit College Help Yourself Program, Beloit, Wis., 2006-2008

Total Years in Education - 17 years

In his own words . . .

“My favorite thing to do in class is to walk into the wall. Most of my students are unfamiliar with Zeno’s Paradox and the moment a student brings up the infinite or the possibility of dividing by zero, I give a quick discussion on the infinite halves that exist between me and the wall – and get the kids to agree that walking an infinite amount of anything is completely impossible – and then I walk into the wall. The impossible suddenly becomes possible!”

In the words of others . . .

“It is a joy to watch Karl teach and engage students with the math curriculum for many reasons. The students actively participate in their understanding of subject matter. Karl’s passion for teaching math and making connections with kids is evident the moment one walks into his classroom.”
- Jen Clouse, Art teacher, Stratford High School

“Mr. Poetzl convinced me that it wasn’t an option to give up anymore. It’s never an option to give up. A subject that I thought I could never love, nor never understand, has blossomed into one of my favorites.”
- Abby White, former Stratford High student and current Texas Tech University student

“The quality that I admire most in Karl is his inquisitive and adventurous nature. He always has his eyes open to the world around him and possesses a constant, unique sense of wonder. This openness and keen interest in people and phenomena leads to the development of a wonderful rapport with students and colleagues.”
“The quality that I admire most in Karl is his inquisitive and adventurous nature. He always has his eyes open to the world around him and possesses a constant, unique sense of wonder. This openness and keen interest in people and phenomena leads to the development of a wonderful rapport with students and colleagues.”
-- Thomas Owenby, Beloit College Dept. of Education and Youth Studies

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Jeanette Choy

Jeanette Choy
Nottingham Elementary
4th Grade - Language Arts/Social Studies

Education
University of Houston, Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, 2003
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2000

Teaching History
Nottingham Elementary, 4th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies, 2013-Present
Terrace Elementary, 2nd & 4th Grade English as a Second Language (ESL), Self-Contained, 2003-2013

Total Years in Education - 12 years

In her own words . . .

“Many students don’t walk into fourth grade loving to write. I love seeing how students grow into readers and writers throughout the year.”

In the words of others . . .

“Jeanette is a master teacher with amazing instincts about how to make the children in her classroom feel successful. The students in Jeanette’s class enjoy and grow from the authentic reading and writing experiences she creates for them.”
- Nancy Lancaster, Interdisciplinary Coach, Nottingham Elementary

“Ms. Choy has a calling in her life, and that calling is teaching. She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love reading, and to respect each other; and she teaches all of us – her colleagues – to give our best for our students, to wear a smile, to have faith, and to remember that the storms of life can often produce beautiful rainbows and new growth.”-- Sarah Chu, 4th Grade Teacher, Nottingham Elementary

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Tracey Tomaro-McCall

Tracey Tomaro-McCall
Meadow Wood Elementary
5th Grade - Mathematics

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Teaching History
Meadow Wood Elementary, 5th Grade Mathematics, 2012-Present
Cedar Brook Elementary, 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher and Interventionist; 1st Grade Teacher, 2001-2012
Cornelius Elementary, 1995-2001

Total Years in Education - 19 years

In her own words . . .

“As an educator, I want to instill the love of learning in all my students. I do this by engaging them in their learning and addressing their various learning styles. I encourage them when they struggle, and model my passion for math through excitement when teaching it.”

In the words of others . . .

“It is obvious to any observer who enters Tracey’s classroom to see that Tracey has planned insightful and engaging lessons for her students to help them access new material. She tirelessly works with students in small groups to provide more intimate instruction for each of her students. Her students feel safe and willing to take risks in their learning because Tracey is there to greet them with a smile and encouraging words.”
- Alice Dunlap, 6th Grade Math Teacher, Spring Forest Middle

“Tracey truly, truly, truly cares about her students and their success. She goes the extra 10 miles to help them feel and be successful. My daughter grew leaps and bounds at Cedar Brook Elementary under her tutelage. Tracey feels satisfied when all of her students feel confident and love Math.”
- Maureen Uncles, Lead iCoach and Parent, Elementary Language Arts

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Sara Huffman

Sara Huffman
Hunters Creek Elementary
5th Grade - Language Arts/Social Studies

Education
Region IV Education Center, Texas Teacher Certification, Early Childhood to 6th Grade
University of North Texas, Masters in Library Science
Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Science in Health
Certifications: English as a Second Language

Teaching History
Hunters Creek Elementary, 5th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies, 2014-Present
Teaching Assistant, Kindergarten to 3rd Grade, January to June, 2011

Total Years in Education - 3 years

In her own words . . .

“My teaching style is a collection of contrasts, which is a direct reflection of my personality: fierce and gentle, animated yet subtle, demanding but supportive, broad and focused, and always exercised with very high expectations for respect, effort, manners, love and empathy.”

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Susana Trevino

Susana Trevino
Housman Elementary
3rd Grade - Bilingual Teacher

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor’s Degree in Education
Houston Community College, 1995-97
Certifications: Elementary Self-Contained, Elementary Spanish (Bilingual), Gifted and Talented

Teaching History
Housman Elementary, Kindergarten to 3rd Grade Bilingual, 2000-Present

Total Years in Education - 15 years

In her own words . . .

“As an educator, it is my desire to instill in children both the importance and love for learning. I believe every child is a unique individual who can grow to become successful in their own special way regardless of social economic status, race or religion. My vision is to help bilingual children discover who they are and become independent learners so they can reach their highest potential.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Trevino seems to manage it all! She manages to consistently teach her third-grade students to read, write and think for themselves year after year, which we all know is not an easy feat. She is the liaison between school and home, and makes sure to establish a well-connected relationship fully understanding that this strong connection can make all the difference in the world!”
-- Mary Lou Davalos, Housman Elementary Principal

“She is an amazing teacher that creates an incredible learning environment in her classroom where students feel loved, safe and respected. As her teammate, I have witnessed first-hand, year after year, how students respond to her.”
-- Alejandro Romo, Housman Elementary 3rd Grade Bilingual Teacher

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Kari Heitman

Kari Heitman
Hollibrook Elementary
Prekindergarten to 5th Grade - Librarian

Education
University of North Texas, Masters of Library Science
University of Portland, Masters in Educational Leadership
LeTourneau University, Bachelor of Arts in History
Certifications: Administrator, Houston Baptist University

Teaching History
Hollibrook Elementary, Librarian, 2013-Present
Spring Wood High, Summer 2014
Memorial High School, 9th and 10th Grades, Pre-AP English, 2012-13
Fort Bend Academy for the Gifted, 7th-8th Grade, Pre-AP English/U.S. History, 2008-12
Quail Valley Middle School, 7th Grade, English Language Arts, 2006-08
Fort Bend Baptist Academy, Assistant Principal and 10th Grade, World Literature, 2000-06
Sedgewick Junior High, Port Orchard, Wash., 7th-9th Grade, 1998-2000
Cedar Heights Junior High, Port Orchard, Wash., 7th-9th Grade, 1997-98
Foster Middle School, Longview, TX,  8th Grade, 1996-97

Total Years in Education - 19 ½ years

In her own words . . .

“One of the most inspiring and motivating aspects of being a teacher-librarian is not actually what I do, but what I get to see happening every day. It’s seeing kids recommend books to each other, seeing faces light up when they come in and tell me about the book they just read, or watching kids get excited when you read a book aloud or ‘book talk’ new books. The greatest challenge and gift for me is to help find books and resources that excite and engage each and every student.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Heitman has initiated many new ideas into our library over the last two years, all for the benefit of our students. She has opened her library before school so that students can use the library and its many resources when they get to school. In previous years, the time before school was downtime. She has now made this time for the students to be engaged in learning.”
- Mary Tavares, Hollibrook Elementary art teacher

“Mrs. Heitman continually goes out of her way to accommodate others, whether it is creating a new assignment, staying late and giving her own time to help others, or helping our school and students stay connected to the fast, and forever changing world of technology.”
- Lisa White, Hollibrook Elementary Intervention Specialist

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Rony Reyes-Torres

Rony Reyes Torres
Academy of Choice
Grades 9-12 - Biology, Environmental Systems, Anatomy and Physiology

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and minor in Secondary Education, 2014
Houston Community College, 2010
Lone Star College, Cy-Fair Campus, Cypress, 2008-2011

Teaching History
SBISD Academy of Choice, 2014-Present
Stratford High School, Student Teacher, 2013-14

Total Years in Education - 1 year

In his own words . . .

“I believe education is about being creative, innovative and full of ideas that will captivate and encourage students to learn. These ideas must be full of life and color but without limitations. Education is the door to success, and the road should be fun and exciting. This is the reason why I have been inspired and motivated to teach science.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mr. Reyes is among the most creative and innovative students I have taught in the teachHouston math science teacher education program. Even as an undergraduate, his lessons were always innovative, student-centered and inductive. . . . Rony is the rare novice teacher who, from the first day, knew what teaching was about. The world is a better place because he is a teacher in it.”
- Ruth Kravetz, Clinical Associate Professor, UH teachHOUSTON

“Mr. Reyes is genuine in his interaction with Academy of Choice students because of the struggles he endured to become a teacher. He was not able to rely on his own parents and was raised by his grandmother, who passed away only a few years ago. He did not speak English growing up in Central America, but had absolute resolve to learn it as quickly as possible when he arrived in the United States.”
- Joyce Roberta “JR” Miller-Alper, Ed.S., Academy of Choice instructor and former SBISD and Texas Teacher of the Year

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Jaime Trigo

Jaime Trigo
Landrum Middle School
Grades 5-8 - Choir Teacher and Director

Education
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Magna cum Laude, 1997
University of Texas at Austin, 1985-89

Teaching History
Landrum Middle School, 2009-Present
Gregory-Portland Junior High, Gregory-Portland ISD, 2006-09
High School and Junior High, San Diego ISD, Texas, 1997-2006

Total Years in Education - 18 years

In his own words . . .

“I really believe Whitney Houston had it right (although I argue she wasn’t the first to say this!): 'Children ARE the future'. We have an awesome responsibility to lead our children down the pathway of success so that they may be solid, productive citizens in our society. After 18 years of teaching, I absolutely take that responsibility very seriously. I know that everything that teachers say and do can influence our youth – so you better make it count!”

In the words of others . . .

“Mr. Trigo does not just perform a normal concert. His evenings are an experience. Students are genuinely excited about displaying a powerful performance for the audience. Mr. Trigo is the heart of the excitement when you experience his concerts. His students are excited to produce a quality evening that wows the audience.”
- Brian Schillingburg, Landrum Middle Assistant Principal

“Jaime demonstrates the qualities of a master teacher. He understands that a one-size-fits-all delivery system does not work best for diverse student populations. Mr. Trigo, while planning for learning, differentiates his lessons to address all of his students’ academic, cultural and emotional needs.”
- Steven Speyrer, Landrum Middle/Ridgecrest Elementary Associate Principal

“The choirs at Landrum Middle School have been showcased at numerous events this year. They have received rave reveiws. [Due to] Mr. Trigo’s teaching excellence, students at Landrum love to perform, and do so at a high level of expertise. ”
- Patricia Thomas, Landrum Middle Principal

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Lou Ann Timmreck

Lou Ann Timmreck
Rummel Creek Elementary
Kindergarten - English as a Second Language (ESL)/Gifted & Talented (GT), Self-Contained

Education
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with High Honors, 1992

Teaching History
Rummel Creek Elementary, 2008-Present
Bunker Hill Elementary After School Program, 2000-2002
Rummel Creek Elementary, 1999-2000
Bunker Hill Elementary, 1992-1999

In her own words . . .

“What inspires me each day are my students! Each one of them has a unique personality. It is my job to love each child and to spark their quest for a lifetime of learning.”

In the words of others . . .

“As the principal at Rummel Creek, I often observe in her classroom. Each time, I find myself staying longer than I plan because I get caught up in the excitement for learning that Lou Ann creates. When any teacher asks to see another teacher that they might learn from, without reservation I recommend they visit Lou Ann’s class.”
- Nancy Harn, Rummel Creek Elementary Principal

“She is intelligent, kind and most of all, very giving of her time, energy and love! Her face is always smiling, as there is no wrong in her book. She humbly holds out her hands and walks with you as you enter her kindergarten room, and continues that relationship for life! Hands down, she is one of the greatest educators I know!”
- Theresa Schwab-Trevino, Rummel Creek teacher and recent SBISD Teacher of the Year

“Mrs. Timmreck believed in me and helped me take bold steps to work hard and prove that children with learning disabilities could be normal, well-adjusted students and grow to be well-adjusted adults. Mrs. Timmreck gave me the courage I needed at a very critical time in my life.”
- Elizabeth Grace Harvey, former student and 2013 Baylor University graduate

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Anne Smalling

Anne Smalling
Memorial Drive Elementary
4th Grade - Self-Contained

Education
University of Houston-Downtown, Alternative Certification Program, 2009
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian, 2000

Teaching History
Memorial Drive Elementary, 2014-Present
Tipps Elementary, 2009-14
HEART Program, Houston, 2007-08
Berry Elementary, Houston ISD, 2007-08

Total Years in Education - 8 years

In her own words . . .

“My students are my inspiration. Teaching students how to think is motivation for me. I want to create students that aren’t afraid to question. We learn the most when we think and question, and I want my students to inspire and create change.”

In the words of others . . .

“I knew from the day we interviewed Anne that she was more than just a keeper. Before the interview even began, she and another fourth-grade teacher had become engrossed in an intense conversation about teaching and learning. To this day, they have not stopped!”
- Margie Moerbe, Interdisciplinary Instructional Coach

“After just a few short months, Ms. Smalling has made a lasting difference at Memorial Drive Elementary. She has eagerly volunteered to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including attending conferences, trying new practices in her classroom, implementing meaningful use of technology, and becoming the school’s science representative. Ms. Smalling has inspired others to step up their professional learning through her examples and support.”
- Jennnifer Jordan, Memorial Drive Elementary Principal

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Shelby Acevedo

Shelby Acevedo
Northbrook High School
9-12th Grades - Special Education Reading

Education
University of St. Thomas, Master’s Degree in Exceptionalities and Special Education, 2012
University of Houston, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2004
Certifications: Gifted & Talented

Teaching History
Northbrook High School, 2004-Present

Total Years in Education - 11 years

In her own words . . .

“Over the years, I have come to believe conceptually that being an educator is not that different from being a physician. We assess, diagnose and implement interventions for the purpose of developing and impacting one’s quality of life. Physicians work on physical and mental well-being. We work in the areas of cognition, social and emotional well-being. ”

In the words of others . . .

“Shelby is a problem solver, and she dedicates her time and talent to making Northbrook High School a great place to learn. Students and teachers alike are impacted by her knowledge and teaching. . . . She is a dynamic educator and one conversation with her can alter perceptions and motivate change.”
- Rebecca Dunlap, Northbrook High IEP Specialist

“Mrs. Acevedo proves time and time again to be the embodiment of our SBISD core values and leadership. She mentors, teaches, leads and inspires those around her daily. Her passion and love for our profession is present in everything she does.”
- Amanda Breland, Northbrook High teacher

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Patricia Kassir

Patricia Kassir
The Bendwood School

3rd-5th Grade - Gifted & Talented

Education
University of St. Thomas, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Certifications: Spanish, French, Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Gifted & Talented, Principal (Anticipated 2016)

Teaching History
The Bendwood School, 2004-Present
Pine Shadows Elementary, 2002-04
Raul C. Martinez Elementary, Houston ISD, 1998-2002 and 1995-96
Al-Iman Islamic School, Tripoli, Lebanon, 1996-98
Gallegos Elementary, Houston ISD, 1992-95

Total Years in Education - 23 years

In her own words . . .

“I work to challenge my students to push beyond their intellectual limits. This is done through lessons that keep rigor and challenge as a high priority. It is our responsibility to ensure that [students] develop a healthy work ethic and that their intellectual and emotional needs are met. Our nation’s well-being and economic strength depend on it.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Kassir teaches a cross-section of the children from the District, including the children of parents who hold professional degrees and children of parents who speak no English. She is able to stimulate the minds of all these children and instill in them a love of learning and an appreciation of science.”
- Parent and Attorney-at-Law Ann Ryan Robertson

“Whenever I visit Mrs. Kassir’s classroom, every single student is engaged in meaningful lesson activities. The discussions, debates, dissections and demonstrations that take place on a regular basis in her classroom help her students to experience learning on many levels. She has an uncanny ability to tell the best stories, always weaving history with science. When she tells stories, her students are mesmerized. There is a buzzing energy in her room, and it is contagious.”
- The Bendwood School Principal Jana Bassett

“Mrs. Kassir’s  passion for education affects her students in many positive ways. They leave each day with a desire to explore topics further and have dreams about their future careers. Undoubtedly, some of those children will become future medical professionals, engineers, scientists, lawyers, writers and professors!”
- The Bendwood School teacher Brooke Christopherson

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Briana Zarea

Briana Zarea
Buffalo Creek Elementary
3rd Grade - Math, Science

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Houston Community College, 2 years
Certification: Early Childhood through 4th Grade


Teaching History
Buffalo Creek Elementary, 7 years,
3rd Grade, Math & Science Teacher, 2 years
3rd Grade, English as a Second Language-Self-Contained, 5 years


Total Years in Education - 7 years

In her own words . . .

“We want to see our students be the best they can be, now and in the future. I always enjoy visits from past students and getting to hear what they have accomplished. I use these opportunities to remind them to keep working hard and to never give up.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Zarea builds careful and strong relationships with her students. If you ask her about any student, she will quickly tell you what makes them tick and what will shut them down. Mrs. Zarea’s calm demeanor allows her to communicate effectively when building the ever-essential relationships. She is able to put her students at ease and she manages her class in that manner.”
- David Rodriguez, Buffalo Creek Elementary Principal


“Briana Zarea has a calling in her life, and that calling is teaching. She teaches her students to strive for excellence, to love reading, and to respect each other. Mrs. Zarea represents the best in teaching in our district.”
- Clarice Franke, Buffalo Creek Elementary Assistant Principal


“Mrs. Zarea’s lessons are well planned with targeted outcomes that make Buffalo Creek Elementary a better place because she teaches here. She provides a strong emphasis on writing and reading comprehension, and equips them with a strong foundation for higher level classes.”
- Delfino Guillen, Ed.D., Buffalo Creek Elementary First Grade Teacher

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Molly Nipper

Molly Nipper
The Bendwood School

3rd-5th Grade - Gifted & Talented/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Physics, Engineering

Education

Rice University, Master’s Degree in Science Teaching
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minor in Biology

Teaching History
The Bendwood School, 2013-Present
Memorial High School, 2012-13
Hodges Bend Middle School, Fort Bend ISD, 2006-12

Total Years in Education - 9 years

In her own words . . .


“The students INSPIRE me! I am motivated when the students tell me they ‘love’ coming to Bendwood and that is their favorite day of the week. Parents telling me that their children love ‘physics’ or want to become an engineer motivates me to be a better teacher every day. I am motivated to teach STEM because I see my students learning physics and engineering, and enjoying it.”


In the words of others . . .

“My observation is that as a teacher/leader she is a true professional, performing her duties with the utmost efficiency and ability. Molly is innovative and dynamic within the classroom, infusing her students with tremendous motivation and instilling within them a joy for learning.”

- Rice University Assistant Director of Elementary STEM Education Ericka Lawton

“Molly looks for new, exciting ways to bring the latest science, technology, authentic data, and best practices to her students in her classroom and to expand learning beyond her classroom by helping fellow educators. She is always energetic, enthusiastic, and leads with laughter.”

- Dawn Turney, Space Dept. Education/Communications Specialist, The Johns Hopkins University

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Patricia “Trish” Jenkins

Patricia “Trish” Jenkins
Bunker Hill Elementary
4th Grade - Language Arts, Social Studies

Education
University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Education (Grades 1-8)

Teaching History
Bunker Hill Elementary, 2005-Present
Spring Branch Middle, 2002-05
Valley Oaks, 2001-02
Meadow View Elementary, Santa Rosa, Calif., 1998-2001
Buffalo Creek, 1997-98
Frostwood Elementary, 1986-97

Total Years in Education - 29 years

In her own words . . .

“I believe wholeheartedly that my job is to instill the love of learning in each child. If that is my destination, then my map would be to build meaningful relationships with each student. As an elementary teacher, I can think of no grander call than to help ignite the fire that burns in each child.”

In the words of others . . .

“Trish’s classroom is full of smiling students who vary in their learning needs, as well as their cultural backgrounds. Each one feels special in her class because of the way she clearly and genuinely shows that she cares about each. . . . She finds ways to connect to her students to find the keys that truly unlock their brains and open them to new understandings.”
- Valerie Muniz, Bunker Hill Elementary Principal

“Her sense of humor is infectious and brings smiles to all. She creates a community of learners by demonstrating fairness yet firmness and building compassionate relationships with all her students. Everyone feels valued in Ms. Jenkins class.”
- Karen Justl, SBISD Educational Technology Facilitator

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Maria X. Calero

Maria X. Calero
Cedar Brook Elementary
4th Grade - Bilingual Language Arts

Education
La Sabana University, Chia (Bogota), Colombia, Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication and Journalism
Alternative Certification Program, I Teach Texas, Early Childhood to 4th Grade Bilingual

Teaching History
Cedar Brook Elementary, 2012-Present
Hollibrook Elementary, 2008-12 and 2004-07

Total Years in Education - 10 years

In her own words . . .

“During my 10 years as a bilingual teacher – all in Spring Branch ISD – I have worked tirelessly to instill a love of learning that will enable my students to seriously consider and have the opportunity to attend college, technical school, or other career options.”

In the words of others . . .

“Maria loves her students. She shows them she cares for them by the authentic relationships she has built with them. Parents trust Mrs. Calero and students love her in return.”
- Jeff Post, Cedar Brook Elementary Principal

“Maria supports and utilizes all resources that will enrich and support students. She is an organized, committed and enthusiastic teacher, and her willingness to go the extra mile is a wonderful example for all teachers. ”
- Mallory Shaddix, Community Volunteer and Mentor

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Leslie Iler

Leslie Iler
Memorial High School
10th Grade - Language Arts II, Pre-AP Language Arts II

Education
Rice University, Advanced Placement Institute, 2012
NEH Program for Multicultural Literacy, Summers 1993, 1994
Baylor University, Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in English and Journalism, 1990
Certifications: Gifted & Talented

Teaching History
Memorial High School, 2012-Present and 1995-97
Jersey Village High School, 1991-94
Stafford High School, 1990-91

Total Years in Education - 9 years

In her own words . . .

“What inspires me most about teaching are my students. I love meeting 157 new people every year and inspiring them to do their personal best. There is no greater joy than helping another person reach higher than they have before. It’s incredible to see their ‘Aha!’ moments. It’s challenging to discover their strengths and reveal their strengths to them.”

In the words of others . . .

“Leslie Iler exemplifies the characteristics of a born teacher: innovative, enterprising, flexible, engineering, dedicated, logical, sincere, concerned and courageous. . . . Leslie displays a genuine concern for her students not only to master the content of her class, but also to succeed and grow personally.”
- Karie Culbertson, Memorial High Counselor

“I was a student who never had much interest in literature, and I was never eager to learn about it. However, when I entered my sophomore year with Mrs. Iler as my English teacher, that mindset changed. She taught literature as if it was the most exciting and interesting subject to talk about. She knew how to grasp every student’s attention and heart.”
- Johanna Cho, former student

“At Memorial High, Leslie is known for her eagerness and enthusiasm. Her administrators and fellow teachers know that they can count on her support for any endeavor. In fact, the first words out of Leslie’s mouth are ‘Yes!’, ‘That’s a great idea!’, and ‘How can I help?’”
- Laura Kohlmaier, Memorial High English teacher

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Campus Secondary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Maggie Fuchs

Maggie Fuchs
Spring Woods High School
Physical Education and Health Teacher
Girls Varsity Soccer Coach and Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach


Education
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, 1981

Teaching History
Spring Woods High School, 1995-Present
Texas City High School, 1985-1995
Anderson High School, Austin, 1983-84
Austin ISD Substitute, 1981-82

Total Years in Education - 33 years

In her own words . . .

“I was inspired to teach, because my grandmother, mother and two sisters were teachers. My father was a doctor, and my two brothers went into the medical profession as well. This inspired me to go into teaching Health, and I love it!”

In the words of others . . .

“You will find those who employ more cutting-edge teaching techniques or who are more technologically adept. What you are unlikely to find is someone who has devoted the bulk of their professional career to a single school, resolute in making a difference through athletics and, in a [Health] course that on paper seems to be little beyond an insignificant, elective course that, in fact, engages students in critical conversations that no one else is having.”
- Paige Hershey, Spring Branch ISD Executive Director of Athletics

“Maggie has played an important role in the lives of so many students. Former students and players come back year after year. She is often invited to their weddings and other significant events in their lives.”
- Marc Pollicove, Spring Woods High Industrial Technology teacher

“Maggie Fuchs is dedicated to Spring Woods High and Spring Branch ISD. Many educators come and go with aspirations of more . . . Maggie Fuchs finds ‘more’ every year at Spring Woods with her students and demonstrates professional grit to never, never, never give up.”
- Jennifer Parker, Spring Woods High Principal

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Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Karen Ferraro

Karen Ferraro
Frostwood Elementary

4th Grade - Language Arts/Social Studies

Education
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches
Postgraduate Studies, Master Reading Teacher Program, 2008-09
Master’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, 2003-05
Bachelor of Arts, Theater and Psychology, 1999-2002
Summa Cum Laude graduate

Teaching History
Frostwood Elementary, 8 years
  • 4th Grade, Language Arts and Social Studies, 2009-11, 2014-15
  • 2nd Grade, 2011-2014
  • Kindergarten, 2007-09
Wilchester Elementary, 1 year
  • Kindergarten
Diocese of Tyler, St. Patrick Catholic School, 2 years
  • Kindergarten, 2003-05

Total Years in Education - 11 years

In her own words . . .

“Teachers need to make time for students to read during the school day. Lessons need to be planned to ensure that time for reading is a priority and that reading is incorporated into all subjects. Reading should not be only an activity for a reading block. Students should read in all subject areas to acquire vocabulary and reading skills across many genres and topics.”

In the words of others . . .

“Mrs. Ferraro is one of the hardest working, generous, kind, compassionate and loyal teachers with whom I have had the good fortune to work. I am humbled to be part of a school that has a community led by such an accomplished and giving person.”
- Ellen Green, Frostwood Elementary Principal

“Karen’s kids leave her class with a love for learning – she excites that in children. I have had parents tell me how much their child has grown while in her classroom. I believe that Karen is a very caring, loving, strong teacher. Our campus is very fortunate to have her.”
- Barbara Perry, Frostwood Elementary

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