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Posted:  August 2009

2010 Teachers of the Year Honored

Lauretta Johansen and Juan Frausto were announced as 2010-2011 Irving ISD Teachers of the Year during the Board of Trustees meeting August 30.


Lauretta Johansen

Juan Frausto

Johansen is fifth grade gifted and talented teacher at Lee Elementary School, and Frausto is the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher and AVID site manager at de Zavala Middle School. The two teachers were presented plaques and congratulated by the Board of Trustees.

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2009 Teachers of the Year Honored

The Irving ISD Teachers of the Year for 2009-2010 were announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday.  Honorees will be formally recognized at a reception and board meeting September 15 at Irving High School.  Isela Russell, bilingual fifth grade teacher at John Haley Elementary School, is the IISD Elementary Teacher of the Year.  Carey Christenberry, gifted and talented/advanced placement English teacher at Nimitz High School, is the IISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.


Isela Russell

Carey Christenberry

 

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2008 Teachers of the Year Honored

The Irving ISD Teachers of the Year for 2008-2009 were announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Honorees will be formally recognized at a reception and board meeting September 15 at Nimitz High School. Melissa Kinkeade, reading recovery and literacy teacher at Townsell Elementary School, is the IISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Sharon Gross, choral director at Irving High School, is the IISD Secondary Teacher of the Year.


Melissa Kinkeade


Sharon Gross

 

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2007 Teachers of the Year Honored

Chris Barnes, fifth grade teacher at Elliott Elementary School last year (who is a Title I support teacher this year at Lively Elementary School) and Elementary Teacher of the Year; Greg Jackson, math teacher and Academic Decathlon head coach at Nimitz High School and Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Campus Teachers of the Year will be honored at the Board of Trustees meeting to be held Monday at Nimitz.


Chris Barnes

Greg Jackson

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2006 Teachers of the Year Honored

Danna Torrell-Edwards, third grade ESL teacher at Elliott Elementary School, and Kay Overturf, business computer information systems teacher at Irving High School, were honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at the Board Meeting.


Kay Overturf

Danna Torrell-Edwards

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2005 Teachers of the Year


Johnstone


Fletcher

Gail Johnstone, bilingual first grade teacher at Gilbert Elementary School, and Gina Fletcher, instructional specialist at de Zavala Middle School, were honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the MacArthur auditorium.

Johnstone has been teaching in the IISD for 13 years, nine at Gilbert. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and French and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish. Johnstone is certified as a bilingual/English as second language and elementary self-contained teacher.

Every child can be successful is the central theme of Johnstone’s philosophy of teaching.

“I believe that each student can learn in his own way and time,” she wrote in her essay about teaching for her Teacher of the Year application. “My philosophy of teaching is composed of three elements: teaching methods that support different learning styles; discipline based on the golden rule and motivation rather than punishment; and parental support.

Fletcher has taught 13 years in the district, three at de Zavala. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and elementary education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is certified to teach history and elementary education, grades one through eight.

“Any average teacher can learn how to teach the curriculum,” Fletcher wrote in her essay. “It takes that dose of genuine concern for your students to separate the average teachers from the excellent, well-respected, well-loved teachers. Teaching the curriculum is the ultimate goal, but that really cannot be done successfully without building rapport with your students.”

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2004 Teachers of the Year


Carol Sullivan

Carol Sullivan, music teacher at Lively, and Cara Stephens, Gifted & Talented humanities teacher at Crockett, were honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Irving High auditorium. Both teachers received a plaque, a gift certificate from A+ Teacher, a piece of jewelry from Gold n Carats, and $500 from the Irving Schools Foundation. Sullivan and Stephens were chosen from among 34 Campus Teachers of the Year across the District.

Sullivan has been teaching for 40 years, 28 of them at Lively. In her address to the crowd gathered to honor her and other Teachers of the Year, Sullivan said that those 28 years have been the best of her life both professionally and personally.


Cara Stephens

“First and foremost in a teacher’s philosophy should be to know, love, and respect the students that come into her classroom,” she wrote in her essay for Campus Teacher of the Year. “I think a wise and caring teacher meets each of her students on his/her level, taking into consideration the varied backgrounds and experience, diversity in culture and lifestyle, and the many expectations and needs on the part of each. Sometimes that is difficult, especially when one teaches all or most of the population of the school, but if one takes the time to talk and listen to her students, the students will truly feel the teacher is interested in each one of them.”

A graduate of Hammond High School in Hammond, New York, Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University College in New York and a Master of Education degree from the State University of New York.

Stephens has been a teacher only four years, all of them at Crockett. But she has been familiar with the Irving ISD family for years. The daughter of an IISD teacher and graduate of Irving High, Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and is certified in Texas for Secondary English, Secondary History, and Gifted & Talented.

“The skill and the ability to generate wonder about learning and to bring out the full potential of each and every student are the best things a teacher can do,” Stephens wrote in her application essay. “Students can learn to want to learn and to be resourceful – to value learning and the learning process. Cultivating this scholarly attitude can only be done through the patient exercise of patience.”

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Kathy Thobae

2003 Teachers of the Year

Kathy Thobae, special education teacher at Farine, and Kristi Woodhouse, science teacher at Houston, were honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Irving High auditorium. Both teachers received a plaque, a gift certificate from A+ Teacher, a piece of jewelry from Gold n Carats, and $300 from the Irving Schools Foundation. Thobae and Woodhouse were chosen from among 34 Campus Teachers of the Year across the District.

Thobae has eight years of experience in education; three of them with IISD. She came to Farine in 2000 where she still works as a special education teacher. Thobae has extensive experience working with autistic children. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.


Kristi Woodhouse

Woodhouse is in her sixth year of teaching in IISD. She has served at Lamar for five years, teaching math and science in several positions. She has recently moved to Houston Middle School where she is an Earth science teacher. She is a graduate of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, but her road to a bachelor’s degree took her through Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii; the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu; Pierce College in Tacoma, Washington; and Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

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2002 Teachers of the Year

Deborah Augustin, third grade teacher at Thomas Haley, and Natalie Picquet, humanities teacher at Travis, were honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees held in the Nimitz auditorium. Both teachers received a plaque, a gift certificate from A+ Teacher, a piece of jewelry from Gold n Carats, and $300 from the Irving Schools Foundation.

Augustin and Picquet were chosen from among 32 Campus Teachers of the Year across the District. Picquet has also been named Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year. She will compete against teachers from across the state for the title of Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Picquet came to Irving ISD in 1972 as an English teacher at Travis. Since then, she has taught at MacArthur and Bowie and now she’s back at the school where she started, 30 years ago. Picquet is a graduate of Bishop High School in Bishop, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&I University.

Augustin is in her third year with the District. A graduate of Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia College of Bible, Augustin has a master’s degree from Beaver College in Pennsylvania.

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2001 Teachers of the Year

Martha Korioth, fourth grade teacher at Barton, and Susan Rice, reading across the disciplines facilitator at Lamar, will be honored as IISD Teachers of the Year at the September 17 Board of Trustees meeting.  The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the new auditorium at Nimitz.  A reception honoring Korioth, Rice and the Campus Teachers of the Year will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Nimitz prior to the meeting.

Korioth was named 2001-2002 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Rice was named 2001-2002 Secondary Teacher of the Year at the August 27 Board of Trustees meeting.  A selection committee comprised of a parent, a student, a retired teacher, and two representatives from the Irving business community selected the two from the nominees.  The nominees previously were selected as Teacher of the Year at their individual IISD schools.

Korioth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of North Texas.  She joined the IISD in 1985 and has taught fourth or fifth grades at Barton since that time.

Rice earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 1979, she joined the IISD and taught reading at Bowie for 13 years and at Lamar for seven years before becoming a facilitator at Lamar.

Click here for a complete list of the 2001 Campus Teachers of the Year