Campus Teacher of the Year 2016 - Irene Herrera

Irene Herrera
Westwood Elementary
1st Grade, Bilingual Teacher

Education
Region 4 Counseling Certification, 2015-Present
Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education, University of Texas at Brownsville, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston, 2005

Teaching History
Westwood Elementary, 2013-Present
Pine Shadows Elementary, 2007-2013

Total Years in Education - 9 Years

In her own words . . .


“I consider myself a lifelong learner who has been constantly keeping up with changes in the field of education. The eagerness to learn that I perceive from my students gives me the motivation to continue to find ways to help them reach their full potential. My desire has always been to educate my students to lead successful lives through hard work and determination.”

In the words of others . . .

“She is a natural in building relationships with all stakeholders—her students, other students, colleagues, campus leaderships and parents. She is very receptive to feedback and ideas, and learned quickly how to be effective in teaching her students. […] My child soared in her classroom, giving her a head start in school subjects and Spanish language that she is still realizing to this day.” 

Natalie Blasingame, Houston ISD Assistant Superintendent and parent 

“Mrs. Herrera’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, during, or after school, you can find her working with groups of kids. Failing is not an option for any child if she has anything to do with it!”
Kay Kennard, Westwood Elementary Principal

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