Campus Elementary 2016 Teacher of the Year Finalist - Amanda Badrak

Amanda Badrak
Spring Shadows Elementary

3rd Grade - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Language Arts and Social Studies

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Business Administration, University of Texas at Austin, 2011

Teaching History
Spring Shadows Elementary, 2012 – Present

Total Years in Education—5 Years

In her own words . . .

“Fostering a secure, caring, and stimulating environment has allowed my students to reach their best potential! I celebrate growth more than reading levels or report card averages. I tell my students I believe they have the ability to do well – no excuses are allowed! My belief inspires them to meet or exceed my expectations and set new goals for themselves as learners and individuals.”

In the words of others . . .

“Ms. Badrak believes every child can learn, and she holds herself and the students accountable. She treats her students as capable. They are NOT victims of their current circumstances, they are problem solvers. She acknowledges their struggles, fills physical and emotional gaps when possible, and teaches the skills necessary to overcome what they cannot control. She models and expects hard work, perseverance, grit, resilience and respect.”
- Sue Bryant, Spring Shadows Elementary Assistant Principal

“She is a true team player, willing worker, lifelong learner and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is truly a teacher of teachers and educator in all sense of Webster’s definition. […] Amanda is one we need to duplicate. So that, she can continue to help spread the excitement and dedication in our profession.”
- Jerona Williams, Interim Administrative Services Executive Director, Prekindergarten through 12th Grade


  1. Go Mrs badrak!! She taught my daughter! She has so much patience and my daughter is now on A-B Honor now because of her. I couldn't thank her enough! We hope you win! - Dominique Zaria and Phillip

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