Local school district announces Teacher of the Year

Jenny Montalvo and Cara Smith
Jenny Montalvo and Cara Smith

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Angela Jenkins with Tyler ISD:

TYLER, TX - At the Tyler ISD 2009 Teacher of the Year Banquet Tuesday evening at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, the District honored Campus Teachers of the Year and announced the two District Teachers of the Year.

St. Louis School Life Skills teacher Jenny Montalvo was named the 2009 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She has taught in Tyler ISD for 4 years and has a total of 17 years of teaching experience.

Hubbard Middle School eighth grade math and algebra teacher Cara Smith was named the 2009 Secondary Teacher of the Year.  She is an educator that has been with Tyler ISD for 3 years and has 11 years of teaching experience.

Twenty-eight teachers were named Campus Teachers of the Year.  Criteria for selection of both the campus Teachers of the Year and the District Teachers of the Year included, among other items:  playing an active and useful role in their community, commitment to the teaching profession through continuous improvement, and lessons that creatively engage and inspire students to achieve high academic standards.

Of the 500 guests that attended the banquet included Tyler ISD staff, administrators, teachers, sponsors, and members of the community.

Recipients of the Tyler ISD Campus Teachers of the Year are as follows:

T. J. Austin Elementary School

Melinda Bentley

Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy

Darla Frisby

Birdwell Elementary School

Sofia Pinedo

Thomas R. Bonner Elementary School

Kristina Salonen

Caldwell ElementaryArts Academy

Cesar Medina

Clarkston Elementary School

Mary Ann Post

Dixie Elementary School

Billie Stevenson

Douglas Elementary School

Yesenia Garcia

Griffin Elementary School

Terri Sharman

Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School

Ginger Pippin

Jones Elementary MST Academy

Brandie Adams

A. W. Orr Elementary School

Sharon Mosley

Owens Elementary School

Ruby Martin

W. A. Peete Elementary School

Rafael Tomas

Ramey Elementary School

Brenda Evans

Rice Elementary School

Robbi McCarter

St. Louis School

Jenny Montalvo


Senoya Driskell

Andy Woods Elementary School

Karen Dougherty

Boulter Middle School

Shanequa Redd-Dorsey

Dogan Middle School

Kenneth Wardlaw

James S. Hogg Middle School

Paul Eyler

Hubbard Middle School

Cara Smith

Moore MST Middle School

Yvonne Cromartie

Stewart Middle School

Lamesa Harden-Jenkins

John Tyler High School

Bettye Sowells

Plyler Instructional Complex

Monique Krouse

Robert E. Lee High School

Limuel Norris