Mission, Texas- Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) officials started observances of National Teacher Appreciation Week by surprising the two District Teachers of the Year with the news they had earned the district honors. Traditionally, the announcement is made during Teacher Appreciation Week, at a special luncheon for all the campus teachers of the year. However, since a luncheon was not possible this year, officials still made the announcement special through the surprise visits.
The Mission CISD Elementary Teacher of the Year is Maria Mascorro-Dominguez from Marcell Elementary School. She is currently a first-grade teacher with a total of 15 years of experience.
The Mission CISD Secondary Teacher of the Year is Yvette Chavez. She teaches Business at Veterans Memorial High School. She brings five years of experience to her classroom.
These two teachers were selected by a panel of judges consisting of a cross-section of the Mission CISD area communities. Mascorro-Dominguez and Chavez will now represent Mission CISD as Teachers of the Year during the next school year. They will also be entered into the Region One Teacher of the Year contest, which is affiliated with the state and national programs. The applications used by Mission CISD are the same ones used in those programs. They include information on the teachers, including: professional background, educational history, and several questions that delve into their teaching approaches, and thoughts on issues impacting the teaching profession.
In addition to their awards, the two district teachers were given a $500 check from the Education Foundation of Mission CISD.
The other teachers selected by their schools as Campus Teachers of the Year are: Maricela Recio, Alton Elementary School; Elizabeth Mendez, Bryan Elementary School; Maria Teresa Southerst, Cantu Elementary School; Dalia Anaya, Capt. J. Castro Elementary School; Camila Castro, Cavazos Elementary School Health Science Academy; Erika B. Huerta, Escobar/Rios Elementary Project Based Learning Academy; Mayra Garza, Leal Elementary School of Technology and Engineering; Melissa Quintanilla, Midkiff Elementary School; Ana C. Garza-Zuniga, Mims Elementary School; Ruby A. Cantu, O’Grady Elementary School; Claudia Garza, Pearson Elementary Sports/Health Academy; Illiana Obregon, Salinas Elementary School Fine Arts Academy; Eva G. Juarez, Waitz Elementary Media and Communications Academy; Leroy Martinez, Alton Memorial Jr. High School; Kevin Quintero, K. White Jr. High School STEAM Academy; Yolin D. Muniz-Rios, Mission Jr. High School; Richard Cerrillo, R. Cantu Jr. High School STEAM and World Language Academy; Jose Escamilla, Mission High School; Fabian Doty, Mission Collegiate High School; Liliana Barth, Roosevelt Alternative School; Armando Salas, Mission Options Academy.
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