Released by: Texas Education Agency
AUSTIN, TX – Texas has more than 330,000 working classroom teachers. Friday, two of those will be selected as the Texas Teachers of the Year.
The field has already been narrowed to six finalists. The 2011 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year will be selected from the finalists and winners will be announced during a luncheon Friday at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at 1900 MLK Blvd. on the southern edge of the University of Texas campus.
The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. in Salon C. The winners will be announced at approximately 1:30 p.m.
A local Teacher of the Year is named at hundreds of campuses and districts annually. From those, 40 regional Teachers of the Year are selected and the field is then narrowed to the state finalists. The finalists came to Austin in September for a personal interview before a panel of judges.
The finalists for the 2011 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year are:
• Rachael Brunson, a teacher at Great Oaks Elementary School in the Round Rock Independent School District;
• Daniel Leija, a fifth-grade teacher at Esparza Elementary School in San Antonio's Northside ISD;
• Donalyn Miller, a language arts teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller ISD.
The finalists for the 2011 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are:
• Jane Dunn, a chemistry teacher at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Consolidated ISD;
• Beth Huckabee, a biology teacher at Flour Bluff High School in the Flour Bluff ISD;
• Melissa Wafer-Cross, an English teacher at Lubbock High School in the Lubbock ISD.
The top two teachers will receive a $5,000 cash award, a technology package valued at more than $16,500, a computer, a trophy, a travel allowance and other prizes.
The judges have selected one of the two teachers to advance to the next level and compete for the national Teacher of the Year award.
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