Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 hosted a luncheon honoring 31 regional nominees and the Region 12 Teachers, Superintendent and School Board of the Year winners Wednesday, Aug. 8.
This year’s Region 12 Superintendent of the Year is Dr. Marc Faulkner of China Spring ISD. Faulkner said his award is more of a district-wide recognition.
“I really think we should change the award to the school district of the year, because if it wasn’t for my cabinet and the people who work with me in the Central office this award wouldn’t be possible,” he said. “I’d also include our China Spring ISD students, teachers and school board in this. It’s certainly is a whole district award more so than it is an individual superintendent award.”
Deborah DeGraff of Bell’s Hill Elementary in Waco ISD was honored as the Region 12 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Craig Sullivan of Belton High School in Belton ISD as the Region 12 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
The Killeen ISD school board was recognized as the School Board of the Year and Board President Terry Delano spoke at the ceremony on behalf of the board.
“To be able to serve our kids and community is an incredible honor. We have a very diverse board and though we haven’t always agreed on every decision, at the end of the day we always agree on doing what is best for our schools. Thank you for this recognition,” Delano said.
While the award winners are chosen by independent panels, ESC Region 12 Executive Director Dr. Jerry Maze said it is service center’s role to recognize and celebrate the finalists and winners.
“It is our pleasure here at ESC Region 12 to celebrate excellence in education,” Maze said. “Here in Region 12 schools, that includes a lot of great teachers, administrators and school board members. We are happy to recognize them with these awards and be a part of educating children in Region 12.”
For full bios on the award winners, go to www.esc12.net/page/lead_oty.
Download full resolution photos* here: http://bit.ly/2uqICbA.
*Pictured with the winners and nominees is ESC Region 12 Executive Director, Dr. Jerry Maze and Dr. JR Proctor, Superintendent at Axtell ISD and Vice Chair of the Region 12 Superintendent Forum.
Superintendent of the Year
Dr. David Edison Aquilla ISD
Dr. Michael Hope Robinson ISD
Dr. Nate Carman Teague ISD
Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalists
Michelle Robinson High Point Elementary – Belton ISD
Carrie Bevins China Spring Elementary – China Spring ISD
Jennifer Bailey Connally Early Childhood Center – Connally ISD
Robert Stroup Martin Walker Elementary – Copperas Cove ISD
Tiffany Farmer Carroll Elementary – Corsicana ISD
Kandy Faris Franklin Elementary – Hillsboro ISD
Emily Craig Itasca Elementary – Itasca ISD
Laura Young Nolanville Elementary – Killeen ISD
Linda Lapierre Taylor Creek Elementary – Lampasas ISD
Jalayne Rinewalt Castleman Creek Elementary – Midway ISD
Susan Godfrey Robinson Primary – Robinson ISD
Jennifer Winkler Thomas Arnold Elementary – Salado ISD
Denise Williams Meridith-Dunbar Early Childhood Academy – Temple ISD
Michelle Chandler Mays Elementary – Troy ISD
Donna Burrow West Elementary – West ISD
Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalists
Amy Faulkner China Spring High School – China Spring ISD
Philip Peek Connally High School – Connally ISD
Janice Stalder Copperas Cove High School – Copperas Cove ISD
David Kasprzyk Corsicana High School – Corsicana ISD
John Robertson Hillsboro High School – Hillsboro ISD
Cassi Stapp Itasca High School – Itasca ISD
Barton Jacques Harker Heights High School – Killeen ISD
Jackie Villarreal Midway Middle School – Midway ISD
Amber Clemons Robinson Junior High – Robinson ISD
Kyra Mann Salado High School – Salado ISD
Erin Pitt Bonham Middle School – Temple ISD
Cynthia Guin Troy High School – Troy ISD
James Villa Tennyson Middle School – Waco ISD
School Boards of the Year
Killeen ISD Board of Trustees (More than 1,000 students)