Every year FISD teachers are asked to nominate and elect their campus teacher of the year. It is a huge honor to be recognized by your colleagues for being an outstanding teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues, plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school and are poised, articulate, and possess the energy to withstand a busy schedule. By design, the teachers of the year were notified in their classrooms in front of the students whose lives they positively touch every day. I, along with campus and central office administration, and most importantly their students, celebrated the recognition of their hard work and dedication.
The 2014-15 FISD teachers of the year are: Vanessa Yoe's from Floresville North Elementary, Stephanie Gilchrist from Floresville South Elementary, Renee Caro from Floresville Middle School, Gary Smith from Floresville High School, and Jimmy Crews from Floresville Alternative School. Professional educators from outside FISD will be brought in to interview each of these teachers for the title of FISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year who will then compete for the Region 20 Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Many businesses in the community contributed to a gift basket which included small tokens of appreciation for the teachers commitment to FISD students. A special thank you goes out to: HEB, Wal-Mart, Sonic, Sister's, Mad Designs, Friends & Company, Trendy Treasures, Mata's, Olivia's, Marissa Ximenez - Scentsy, J.C. Burger, Wilson County News, Rachel Pena - FISD Board President, Little Caesars, Vi Nails, Tasty Buffet, Arcadia, FISD Workbase Learning, FISD Athletics, Church's Fried Chicken, Annie's' Peanut Brittle, Rice to Go, Raquel Amaro - Divas & Cowboys and Muscle Mechanic Massage. Your generosity in recognition of these outstanding teachers is very much appreciated.
Jimmy, Gary, Renee, Stephanie and Vanessa, thank you for making good things happen for other people by taking the time to listen, to encourage, and to share. You make a real difference in the lives of the educators who work with you and in students’ lives as you work to prepare them for a prosperous life. You are each valued members of our FISD team.