FWISD Announces 2012-13 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts
Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth ISD is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012-2013 Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts sponsored by Performing Arts Fort Worth.
The committee selected Sara Montañez from J.T. Stevens Elementary School. Mrs. Montañez has taught in the FWISD for more than 6 years and is a graduate the University of North Texas. She will carry the Chair for Teaching Excellence title during the next school year.
Andrea Lange, principal of J.T. Stevens, commented, “I cannot say enough good things about Sara. She is an absolute professional who is greatly respected by our staff, parents, students and community. I feel extremely fortunate to have her on my staff and would not trade her for the world!”
The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in the Fort Worth ISD in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public secondary school setting and for its rigorous selection process.
Teachers may be nominated by parents, principals or colleagues but each nominee must complete a lengthy application and collect written recommendations. If selected for further consideration, the teacher will be interviewed and then must present a teaching demonstration to the selection committee. There are separate selection committees for each Chair.
The remaining 14 Chairs will be announced in the fall once the full selection process has been completed. All recipients receive $5,000 from their respective sponsor and will be recognized at the annual awards luncheon in late fall.
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