Tyler Independent School District is proud to announce one of their own has been named Region VII Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Region VII Education Service Center. Jenny Montalvo, from St. Louis School, will represent Region VII as its nominee for the 2010 Texas Education Agency (TEA) Teacher of the Year.
"It's an honor and privilege to represent Tyler ISD and Region VII at the 2010 Texas State Teacher of the Year Competition," said Montalvo. "It is very humbling to be chosen among so many wonderful dedicated teachers."
The Texas Education Agency's Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.
Montalvo received this honor after being named the 2009 Tyler ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and 2009 St. Louis Campus Teacher of the Year. She has 17 years of teaching experience. Montalvo began her teaching career at Nacogdoches ISD and has been a Special Education teacher at St. Louis School for the last four years in Tyler ISD.
Later this month, Montalvo will compete against the 38 other Regional Teachers of the Year, which are reviewed by a panel of judges where six finalists are selected. The six finalists are invited to Austin for personal interviews. These educators become spokespeople for all teachers in the state of Texas. They also serve as traveling ambassadors for public education with a demanding schedule of speeches, workshops, and presentations while continuing to teach in the classroom.