IAmTXEd Archive Hero Image

#IAmTXEd is TEA’s social media campaign intended to share the ongoing success stories of Texas teachers in the classroom. The #IAmTXEd campaign collects and shares the stories of Texas educators whose work is leading to greater student outcomes and achievements. The social media posts are shared statewide each week via Texas Education Agency (TEA) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

Click the following link for instructions on how to submit a story!

To see submissions and to learn more about the #IAmTXEd campaign, click on any of the stories below or visit TEA on social media. 

Published Stories

Date Title Summary District
Mastering culinary arts from a distance

Culinary arts teacher, Matthew Denman from Allen ISD is an excellent example of how, during COVID-19, educators across the state effectively engaged their students and parents through video and social media. So many took learning beyond the classroom…and in this case, into the kitchen!
“The challenge for me was to find a way to recreate the direct instruction my students would get while making a dish and working in the restaurant at school,” said Chef Denman. “The best way I could do this was to make instructional cooking videos.” 

Motivating Kindness

Lewis Elementary School’s physical education teacher, Stephanie Warner, has always made it her top priority to build relationships with her students and their families. As everyone moved into uncharted territory during this public health crisis, Coach Warner knew she needed to keep Forney ISD’s students, families, and staff motivated and committed to maintaining their personal health and safety on a daily basis. 

Social Distancing doesn’t stop the learning moments

The night before Splendora ISD officially kicked off its new distance learning program, Apryl Ott recorded herself reading a bedtime story to her Kindergarten students at Greenleaf Elementary and expressed how excited she was for the next day.

Special messages connect a teacher to her students As Cleburne ISD (CISD) teachers reached out to their students by phone, email, and text to see how they and their families are doing while school campuses remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, teacher Amy Thomas chose to go one step further with her Coleman Elementary Kindergarten class.
A Teacher’s Battle with Dyslexia, Inspires Students to Tackle Their Challenges As someone who has experienced failures and struggles due to dyslexia, Rex Miller rewards his students for their tenacity. It’s also why Mr. Miller works diligently to provide a pathway to success for every student who enters his classroom.
Sustainable STEM

Coleman ISD’s Pam Cohea is an innovative STEM teacher that works for Coleman Elementary and the campus’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Program. She is so extraordinary; in fact, in 2017, she was named Coleman Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

Up for the Challenge Don Bell, of Dimmitt, Texas always knew that he wanted to coach and teach. For 30 plus years, he had done just that by serving as a coach to students and teaching in wood shop. Dimmitt ISD
More Than Just Woodworking Who can teach math, reading, science, construction, job skills, social skills and teamwork in the classroom every school day? Troy ISD’s John Branton does. Troy ISD
Producing Recyclers

Coppell ISD’s Kelly Clay and her first-grade students at Wilson Elementary School took a field trip to a local landfill and recycling plant and turned it into a campaign to rethink the way their school minimizes waste in the cafeteria.

Coppell ISD
Fifty Years a Teacher This year marks Winters ISD’s Fran Kidwell’s fiftieth year in education. Now a pre-K through grade 5 music teacher, Kidwell has taught at Winters Elementary for 30 years – touching the lives of multiple generations of families, as she’s now teaching the children of her former students. Winters ISD
Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences Veteran Valley View ISD teacher Sonia Lopez Tapia goes above and beyond to create meaningful learning experiences for her third grade students every day at Lucas Elementary School. Dr. Rosemarie Gomez, principal of Lucas Elementary, says Lopez Tapia is a master at tailoring her lessons to the needs of her students, truly demonstrating what personalized learning looks like.
Valley View ISD
Involve Me and I Will Understand

Connecting content to real-life application is the key to engagement – but in today’s high-tech world, making that connection in the classroom continues to be a challenge. Nevertheless, one Bloomington Middle School teacher is up to the task.

Bloomington ISD
Signing Santa

Longview ISD’s Whitney Reardon makes the holiday season memorable for her deaf education students at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School.

Longview ISD
PICK Education

Ector County ISD (ECISD) has taken a novel approach to teaching and learning through innovative inquiry and problem-based experiences, as well as authentic educator professional development. Its PICK Education collaborative connects students and teachers with real world experiences through university and institute partnerships.

Ector County ISD
The TIE Club

Three years ago, fourth grade social studies teacher Kevin Hunter saw the need for positive male influences in the lives of the young men at Shive Elementary School in the Vernon ISD. Deciding he would start a group taught by adult men to teach etiquette, leadership, and character to young men, Hunter created t

A Legacy Begins

    When she started teaching in Denton ISD in 2016, Leah Zavala’s passion for teaching students who want to become teachers meshed perfectly with the district’s new Education & Training Internship, known as their “Grow Your Own” teaching initiative. “I love teaching and I have the privilege to teach s

Having Fun Along the Way

  Army veteran Ross Gragert takes an innovative approach to lesson delivery at Willis High School. “My purpose is to help students with their goal of graduating on time and to have a little fun along the way,” said Gragert. While innovation is not new to Gragert’s classroom, a recent project was just what wa

Lifelong Learners

  San Elizario ISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher Dr. Ana Luna uses her high school classroom to prepare her students for future careers in technology, business, health sciences and engineering. As a forensics and biomedical sciences CTE teacher, Luna exposes her students to techniques used

Catching Up After the Storm

    After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the first day of the 2017-2018 school year for Aransas Pass ISD was seven weeks later than originally scheduled. This delay created a major challenge for teachers. “Are we going to be able to achieve everything we need to for this school year?” asked kinderg

Flying Lessons

  W imberley ISD summer program attracts students with a wide variety of programs that support academic and career readiness. “It is always busy and fun at the Katherine Anne Porter School and over 20 percent of the students enrolled will expand their career readiness,” said Wimberley High School teacher Peg

You Matter Club

    As part of the challenge of inspiring students to think creatively, Hooks High School ACE Coordinator Carrie Moro teaches her students to use a 3D printer to benefit their community. “My goal is to help students explore more of the designing aspects of 3D printing and how to creatively use the outcom

Small Town Movies

In the northwestern corner of Bee County, at the intersection of FM 673 and FM 798, you will pass through the rural town of Pawnee. With a population of 350 residents, Pawnee ISD is the central location for everything – school, community and family activities.

Pawnee ISD
Keeping it Local

Helping to launch Alief ISD’s Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program in 2013, Alief Middle School Math teacher Michael Hachicho created lesson plans that ensure maximum engagement with STEM-related activities.

Alief ISD
Knippa Kindergarten Rockcrushers

Knippa ISD may be a small school district just west of San Antonio, but their student achievements are anything but small -- because “it takes a little more to be a Rockcrusher” -- and from day one, every member of the Knippa ISD education staff is committed to building a strong educational foundation for all students. Knippa ISD teachers Michelle Ramsey, Tammie Brown, Crystal Piña, and Adreanna Zamora work tirelessly to build that foundation with a full day pre-kindergarten program.

Knippa ISD
Planning for College

Before he became a physical education coach and teacher, Tulia ISD’s Rob Patton spent his career as a successful salesman and businessman. Now as a Tulia Junior High Afterschool Center on Education (ACE) instructor, Patton uses his extensive business experiences to teach students about money and budgeting.

Tulia ISD
Art Brags

Coleman Independent School District art instructor Stacci Hamilton encourages her students to look at the world around them before designing their art projects. After learning about the many difficulties that fellow students may be experiencing outside the classroom -- topics that include poverty, homelessness, immigration, dating violence and addiction -- Hamilton encourages her students at Coleman High School to express their concerns about these issues through art.

Coleman ISD
Achieving Accolades

Fun, Excellence, Excitement, Togetherness, Discipline, Intensity, Pride, Potential (FEETDIPP) is the inspirational mantra all Sulphur Springs High School band students learned from their great leader, the late Sulphur Springs ISD Fine Arts Administrator, Director of Bands and High School Band Director Charlie McCauley.

Sulphur Springs ISD
Young Editors and Storytelling

Holliday Independent School District teachers Karen Craig and Jacki Dowdy use their passion for teaching to create strong readers and writers. Craig and Dowdy have spent the past school year collaborating through the Texas Lesson Study program on how to use engaging books for teaching foundational writing skills to young children.

Holliday ISD
Civil War Claymation History teachers face many challenges – like finding a way to incorporate technology and art into history projects. School of Science and Technology – Corpus Christi history teacher Ashton Moff challenged herself and found a way to stimulate the love of history in her classroom.
2017 Oscars of Teaching

“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” said Slaton Junior High School TAP master teacher Katie Negen. Wanting to make a difference in the classroom, Negen selected Slaton Independent School District to begin her teaching career in 2007 as a Language Arts instructor.

Slaton ISD
Terlingua Fiesta Days

Nestled in the vast curve of Big Bend National Park, the Chihuahuan Desert, and the Rio Grande River, Terlingua Common School District has a rich culture and pioneering history in Texas. To celebrate its history, an annual Spring Fiesta Day is held at Big Bend High School during the last days of school.

Terlingua CSD
Inviting Readers to Class

Everyone counts at Myatt Elementary School in the El Campo Independent School District, even the parents. To help them become more involved with their child’s school, Kinder Reading Interventionist Sherry Pietsch invited parents to read to her class.

El Campo ISD
Bringing Science to Life

Anderson-Shiro High School Biology and Anatomy teacher Brittany Wade has a talent of relating biology and science to real-world examples, like when her students recently obtained a better understanding of mitosis by using Oreos during biology class.

Anderson Shiro CISD
Full Steam Ahead

Van High School students have been brewing up some astonishing ideas with the recent opening of the Bold School Coffee Shop. Van ISD Director of Instructional Technology Jason Johnson challenged the iTeam students, a group formed to bring a student voice to innovation, engagement and technology, to find new ways to bring students into the school library. 

Reading Book Club

Plains ISD librarian Kim Gass combines her love of young children and reading in her small library at Plains Elementary School in Yoakum County, Texas. Every morning during the school week, young elementary kids eagerly walk from their classroom to the library to show Gass the books they have read the night before. 

Plains ISD
2018 Oscars of Teaching

Arlington ISD English teacher Jennifer Fuller received a wonderful surprise last October when she was honored with the Milken Educator Award – known as the “Oscars of Teaching” – at a district assembly. ”This was a complete surprise,” said Fuller. “It is really special to be a teacher and the students have changed my life.” 

Arlington ISD
Making Reading a Passion Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District teacher Lauri Welch is a Uvalde native and third-generation educator. Her grandfather was an elementary principal and her mother is a retired teacher. She has taught Pre-K for more than 20 years, molding and shaping young minds to become great scholars during their future academic endeavors.
Uvalde CISD
Project Lead the Way It’s not easy teaching life skills to junior high students, so Pampa ISD teacher Sachio Petit uses a unique approach that provides rewarding academic experiences for his students. Petit teaches a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course in Automation and Design at Pampa Junior High School. Pampa ISD
Coaching Math Winners

Galveston Independent School District eighth grade math teacher Bryan Curran has transformed his math students into winners. As the Central Middle School boys’ basketball coach and mathematics instructor, Coach Curran listens intently to his students and works hard on and off the court to provide rigorous instruction to his Algebra I classes and mentor his athletes in the basketball program.

Galveston ISD
Special Olympics Coach

Laredo ISD’s Adaptive Physical Education coach Olga Gutierrez was named the 2017 Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) Female Coach of the Year. This award recognizes the coach who best demonstrates a positive influence on his or her athletes, helping them to succeed in competition as well as in life.

Laredo ISD
Laws of Motion As you walk into Shreena Punwasi’s Galena Park ISD eighth-grade science classroom, you immediately feel an electric energy that conveys a sense of excitement about learning. Punwasi’s classroom culture is characterized by her student’s high level of engagement, solid questioning, and the team work developed between her and her students. Galena Park ISD
Trading a Stethoscope for a Baton After trading his stethoscope for a baton, Roma ISD’s Band Director Corey Graves converts his passion for music into high-energy lessons for Roma Middle School students. Although Graves holds his students to a high standard of strict accountability, you can still find the band hall filled with laughter, groans, and the joyful sounds of students toiling away on a variety of instruments. Roma ISD
Magically Transforming Classrooms Salado ISD fifth-grade students eagerly line up outside Darcy Madsen’s Salado Intermediate School classroom each morning, looking forward to an exciting and captivating lesson. Salado ISD
Catapulting Challenges

Fruitvale ISD coach and teacher Troy Walker designs big challenges that engage his small class of seven junior high students so that they are constantly faced with new and exciting methods of thinking, designing, and building products. 

Fruitvale ISD
Challenging Scientific Investigations Brenham ISD’s Challenging Scientific Investigations (CSI) classroom has mad scientists, detectives, and engineers building robots. Teachers Jennifer Ebel and Kristi Felder lead more than 80 second through sixth grade gifted/talented students as they engage in scientific activities entailing research, development, and product presentations. Brenham ISD
Building Special Toys

Scott Hagedorn, Sabine Pass ISD’s Director of Instructional Technology, wanted his students to learn the valuable lesson of giving for the holidays by using the skills acquired during their 3D Printing class to create special toys for the local Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services team.

Sabine Pass ISD
Learning Never Stops

Garland ISD fifth-grade teacher John Caldarera believes in igniting excellence in a nurturing and challenging school environment by making math fun and engaging for his students at Julius Dorsey Elementary School. While utilizing the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, Caldarera began preparing his fifth-grade students for the STAAR test.

Garland ISD
Volunteering to Teaching

Liberty Hill ISD kindergarten teacher Marsha Hood came into the teaching profession a little later than others, but with an enthusiasm that inspires her colleagues daily. After being a local volunteer for more than 20 years in the Liberty Hill ISD, Mrs. Hood discovered her true passion was in the classroom and used an alternative certification program to obtain her teaching certificate. She has been a teacher since 2007.

Liberty Hill ISD
Social Awareness

Realizing that new advances in technology enable students to imagine new ideas in the classroom, Joshua ISD’s Gifted and Talented (GT) Coordinator Christal Bookhamer has pushed to find innovative ways to prepare her students for the future. With that spirit, Bookhamer leverages technology to connect her students with others around the globe so they can collaborate on project-based learning activities aligned with STEAM Education to bring real-world application to life.

Joshua ISD
Head Start Excitement Education Service Center (ESC) Region 19 Head Start teacher Sylvia Lujan has been teaching preschool students for 14 years. Every morning she wakes up excited to go to her second home – a classroom of four-year-olds who await her with equal anticipation. “Every day, I am so privileged to be a part of their young lives,” says Lujan. Education Service Center: Region 19
Moving Forward

Beaumont ISD Principal Melanie Pharis had big plans for the 127 freshmen and sophomores starting the school year at the two-year-old Beaumont Early College High School (ECHS) – but when Hurricane Harvey hit, her students missed more than two weeks of school and then had to be relocated to the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) to make room for another school whose building had to be closed.

Beaumont ISD
Enthusiastic Readers This year New Boston ISD welcomed veteran fifth grade teacher Darlene Greenlee to Crestview Elementary School to join a selective group of other “innovative, top notch teachers” on campus. “Although Mrs. Greenlee joined Crestview only this year,” commented her principal, Melissa Reid, “she is already making big gains in her classroom. New Boston ISD
Bilingual Teams

Snyder ISD fifth-grade teacher Katherine McCurdy was one of 99 reading teachers selected during the summer of 2017 to participate in the inaugural State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Teacher Institute, a week-long retreat in which teachers from across Texas came together to develop interim and formative assessment items that align to STAAR assessments.

Snyder ISD
Leaders in Training

Snook ISD English teacher Annette Kirk started the LIT (Leaders In Training) Club for eighth grade girls because she wanted to do something outside the classroom that would make a positive impact on some of her most vulnerable students. “An opportunity presented itself when I intercepted one of my girls storming out of a class,” Kirk remembered. “We talked, and I pitched the idea of a club just for girls like her.”

Snook ISD
Community Art Club First-year teacher Micky Mitchell joined the East Chambers ISD Buccaneers in the fall of 2016 with the hopes of growing the district’s minimal art program. "I saw a need, a place to help, and I took the chance to try something different and inspire my students," she said. East Chambers ISD
New Kid on the Block Richardson ISD’s Omar Pastrana knows what it feels like to be the new kid on the block. “At the beginning of a new year, on a new campus, with a new robotics team, I was a little overwhelmed,” the fifth-year teacher said at the start of his first year at Berkner High School STEM Academy. Richardson ISD
Kindergarten Technology

“If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook, he will happily surprise you,” says Wichita Falls ISD’s Talented and Gifted Coordinator Jamie Jo Morgan. Morgan was among the district’s first teachers to take a full classroom set of Chromebooks and give them to Wichita Falls’ littlest –kindergartners – as part of WFISD’s Digital Pilot Program. She incorporated the computers into daily lessons and was astounded at the results.

Wichita Falls ISD

San Benito CISD second-grade teacher Lilia Nezzer has long volunteered as an after-school tutor to help prepare students for academic excellence. But once Sullivan Elementary School’s Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program was established in 2014, Mrs. Nezzer has helped to develop several specific student programs on the campus – including chess.

San Benito CISD
The Promise

When Lampasas ISD curriculum team members, librarians and district leaders launched “Read On Lampasas” in 2016, the goal wasn’t just to improve a student’s reading performance. “Our team members realized that to improve reading performance, you must first foster a student’s love of reading,” said superintendent Chane Rascoe.

Lampasas ISD
Chicken Coop

Laura Davis, a fifth-grade math teacher at Kiker Elementary School in the Austin ISD, was one of 99 mathematics teachers selected this summer to participate in the inaugural State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Teacher Institute, a week-long retreat where teachers from across Texas came together to develop interim and formative assessment items that align to STAAR assessments.

Austin ISD
Beyond Basics

While those who escaped Hurricane Harvey’s ravages have reason to be thankful, there are those like Judson ISD teacher Marcie Stowell who have turned that gratitude into action. Via her social media contacts with nearby Madison High School of North East ISD in San Antonio, Stowell learned about a sports equipment drive for some Southeast Texas students whose facilities and resources have been decimated.

Judson ISD
Write Brain

Lockney ISD’s Lori Hooten spent her summer teaching “Write Brain,” a program in which students learn to write and publish their own books, through the Communities in School (CIS) of the South Plains’ Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program.

Lockney ISD
El Jarabe Tapatio

After the lessons have been reviewed, mariachi music soon fills the classroom as students begin rehearsal. Students are practicing the dance steps to “El Jarabe Tapatio” as part of the enrichment component of the Weslaco ISD Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program. At the head of the class is ACE instructor Angelica Cardoza and her assistant Adrian Garcia, who together team up to create a fun and exciting environment for their students.

Weslaco ISD
The Software Bug

After working 30 years as a software engineer, Kim Henry Pries embarked on a new career: teaching Career and Technology classes – including pre-engineering, biotechnology and computer science – at Parkland High School in the Ysleta ISD.

Ysleta ISD
Birthday Conundrum

Dyess Elementary School teachers in the Abilene ISD have jumped on the Texas Lesson Study train, and principal Michael Newton and fifth grade teacher Rosemary Abila are seeing the rewards. Like many great school leaders, Mr. Newton wanted his staff to have teacher-driven professional development.

Abilene ISD
It's A Hit

Itasca ISD’s Stephanie Salinas spent 17 years as a social worker before starting a second career as an elementary school music teacher. “Music has always been my passion,” Salinas said, “so getting my alternative teaching certification in 2012 has allowed me to share my passion with students.”

Itasca ISD
Beyond The Sky

Paul McWhorter spent more than 15 years at Sandia National Labs before returning to his hometown of Eldorado, Texas to become a teacher. McWhorter has also helped the school develop its own Space Program.

Schleicher County ISD
Aspiring To Inspire

“I aspire to inspire by making learning fun.” These words have fueled Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) math teacher Fabian Quintana for 27 years. From teaching various math dual-enrollment classes to connecting with students outside the classroom, Mr. Quintana has influenced generations of students at PSJA Early College High School.

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Banding Together DeKalb ISD teachers Mary Orr and Crystal Davis strive to provide their third grade students at DeKalb Elementary School with learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom and allow them to impact the outside world. DeKalb ISD
Power SET

In conjunction with Dr. Valerie Segovia and the Nuclear Power Institute at Texas A&M University, Palacios High School principal Stephanie Garcia and teacher Leslie Gerberman sponsor POWER SET – Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready in Science, Engineering, and Technology.

Palacios ISD
Mustang Money

Magnolia ISD's Coach Lundin Matthews teaches web design and coding at Magnolia Junior High School. Earlier this year, he challenged his students to develop an online campus reward system that would allow administrators and teachers to add and remove dollars and students to track reward balances.

Magnolia ISD
The Chopped Challenge

Heather Perkins, Moody ISD’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) teacher, strives to create meaningful learning experiences each day for her students. 

Moody ISD
Library Lessons

Every year, Northside ISD ESL teacher Kelly Allen coordinates a Saturday Field Trip to a San Antonio Public Library for her Glenoaks Elementary third graders. She works in conjunction with the school librarian, Linda Moore, and a city librarian, Gladis Martinez, to make this special day at the Forest Hills Public Library a reality.

Northside ISD
Still In The Driver's Seat

Daniel Trevino’s journey to teaching began in 2008 when he enrolled at a local university and began his trek toward obtaining a college degree.

Donna ISD
Music Time

Students in Jordan Burrell's class begin each day by singing and playing instruments together – but this is no ordinary music class. Burrell teaches specialized support at Lincoln Middle School in the San Angelo ISD. One of the main goals of the program is fostering communication in students with special needs and intellectual disabilities, and Burrell has found music to be a natural and genuine way to teach that.

San Angelo ISD
Super Heroes

Fun. Engaging. Challenging. Hands-on. Interactive. These are the words used to describe Mrs. Morgan’s sixth grade science class at Nebbie Williams Elementary School in the Rockwall Independent School District.

Rockwall ISD
Life Skills

New Braunfels ISD teachers Stacey Roff, Angie Hoenes and Lanette Nash aren’t charged with teaching their first and second graders how to read and write. “In our classroom, we strive to teach that you don’t need to hit, kick, scream or cry to express what you need or want,” Roff says.

New Braunfels ISD
Digital Natives

Athens ISD’s Erin York preaches her message like an old-time tent revivalist. As an Instructional Technologist, she insists that kids today learn differently than their parents did. That means educators must learn to teach differently or miss out on connecting with all their students.

Athens ISD
Galaxy Walk

Sixth grade science students at Wilson Middle School in Northwest ISD were challenged by teachers Jason Deardorff and Lindsey Warren to digitally build a civilization on Mars.

Northwest ISD
Wounded Warriors

Kristen Campbell, a 20-year ELAR teacher and Regional Teacher of the Year at J.T. Hutchinson Middle School, wanted a way to engage her students with the realities of life for our veterans and soldiers – so she created the Wounded Warrior classroom project.

Lubbock ISD
Music As Medicine

Reed Middle School band director Michelle Hanegan doesn’t allow anything to come between her students and a quality educational experience. Student Angel Nuncio is one of the best musicians in the Reed Middle School band. In 2015, he was the only seventh-grade saxophonist to make the All-Region band.

Duncanville ISD
Racing Towards Success

Four years ago, Presidio ISD engineering teacher Rolando Gloria was encouraged to sponsor a “F1 In Schools” Technology Challenge team. Though he knew nothing about F1, he saw the challenge as an opportunity to model a new learning process for his students.

Presidio ISD
What They Need

Thanks to teachers like special ed instructor Anderson Thompson III and blind/deaf intervener Gloria See, Harris County Department of Education’s Academic and Behavior Schools are able to provide trusted and enriching learning experiences for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Harris County Department of Education
Hoppin' Around

It’s easy for teachers to love the high-achieving students, but sometimes the most special teachers bond with students who simply achieve, against all odds. Carolyn Davis, a reading intervention specialist at Decatur ISD, says that one of her third-grade students, Josh Carter, is an Achiever with a capital "A".

Decatur ISD
Free Your Creativity

As Palo Duro High School sophomore Linh Vo will tell you, painting teacher Rebecca Chandler has taught her a lot about art – and so much more. Ms. Chandler is a big part of the reason why her art skills have grown exceedingly this year.“Last year, as a freshman, I was not very serious about art,” says Linh.

Amarillo ISD
Building Bridges

Twelve years ago, Ryan Piwetz made a huge career change that continues to benefit the students of Port Aransas ISD. Previously an engineer, Piwetz brings experience and expertise to his physics, environmental science and engineering students.

Port Aransas ISD
A 1985 DeLorean

Meet Sam. Sam is on the autism spectrum and has cerebral palsy. When he entered the ninth grade at Floresville High School in Floresville ISD, he was mostly non-verbal, but after four years of hard work Sam has made remarkable progress.

Floresville ISD
Our Own Children

When Dr. José Espinoza became Socorro ISD’s new Superintendent in 2012, he knew his work would be cut out for him. Socorro ISD lagged behind other districts across Texas in nine out of the 17 STAAR exams administered to students in grades 3-8.

Socorro ISD
A Dose of Fiction

Operium Baldwin, a fifth-year kindergarten teacher in Crosby ISD, has noticed that her kindergarten students are more engaged and more likely to complete reading assignments when they involve fictional text. 

Crosby ISD
The Water Cycle Dab

Kara Keeling, a third-grade science and social studies teacher at Phillips Elementary in Kaufman ISD, makes learning exciting and fun for her students and hopes to leave a lasting impact on their lives.“One of my top priorities is to build relationships with my students,” Ms. Keating said.

Kaufman ISD
Power Up Cafe

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Power Up Café has a unique approach to promoting positive nutritional information to students, staff and parents.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Rock Art Archaeology

Comstock School teacher Kamye Tims co-teaches a Scientific Research class in conjunction with archaeologists at the Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Comstock, allowing the small district’s high school students to gain real-world experience.

Comstock ISD
From Launching Rockets To Launching Minds

Roel Peña spent more than 20 years as an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin before beginning a second career as a science teacher.

Cleburne ISD