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FWISD Announces 2016-2017 Chairs for Teaching Excellence

Fort Worth, Texas – Fifteen Fort Worth ISD teachers have been chosen as the 2016-2017 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. The selected teachers will be conferred with the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year and receive a $5,000 honorarium. The campus of the winner will also receive a banner to be displayed in a prominent location. 

The Chairs for Teaching Excellence Luncheon is scheduled for November 16, 2016 at the City Club of Fort Worth, 301 Commerce Street. 

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 K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Parents, principals and colleagues may nominate teachers, or they may self-nominate. Candidates undergo a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative, an interview session, and a teaching demonstration before a distinguished panel of judges. There are separate selection committees for each Chair.

The honorees, their citation and the related sponsors are:

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math
Elizabeth A. West, Luella Merrett Elementary School

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Science
Jennifer Morgan Gilmore, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School

Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts
Natalia M. Dominguez, South Hills Elementary School

Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts
Stacia Graves, North Hi Mount Elementary School

Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Theater and/or Dance
Cheryl Ann Penland, Green B. Trimble Technical High School

Devon Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science
Kristin Cotton, Southwest High School

Sewell Lexus and Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities
Patti Sikes, R. L. Paschal High School

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education
Rachel Erisman, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School

Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career and Technology Education
Wayland Scott, Boulevard Heights

Freese and Nichols, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Mathematics
Bao-Tran Nguyen, South Hills High School

XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Angela Catherine St. Valentine, Western Hills Primary

Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education
Erin R. Pfeiffer, Morningside Elementary School

Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English
Cindy Zepeda, Forest Oak Middle School

Outreach Communications Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading
Angela Tuttle, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center

Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language
Shatiqueka T. Carson, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School




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