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     Ann Marie Burgess

    Jacquet Middle School

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School STEM

     Ann Marie Burgess has a B.S. in Biology from Jackson State University. She has taught in FWISD for 15 years. Ann Marie believes teachers should model compassion and high expectations every day. She develops customized academic plans for students and their families so that students can be stakeholders in their own learning. Ann Marie also engages students by “listening to the matters of their hearts and laughing at their jokes.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Lauren Caldwell

    Westcliff Elementary School

    Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education

    Lauren Caldwell has an M.E. in Special Education and a B.S. in Elementary Education, emphasis in Special Education, from Texas Christian University. She has taught in FWISD for five years. Lauren believes all students can learn and achieve success, but success looks different for each student. She teaches them to be resourceful, responsible, confident, and self-reflective because, “as a special education teacher, my goal is for my students to not need me.” 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Mark Greenwood

    Westcliff Elementary School

    Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education

    Mark Greenwood has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has taught in FWISD for 21 years. His mission is helping his students become physically literate, teaching them the skills to be life-long learners, and teaching them to live an active and healthy lifestyle. To achieve this mission, Mark makes sure his students understand the “why” behind everything they do in class.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Naomi V. Gutierrez

    Rosemont 6th Grade Center

    Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science

    Naomi V. Gutierrez has a B.S. in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University Naomi has taught in FWISD for 10 years. She helps students build real-world connections to their learning. She helps them understand information and figure out how they can apply it to their everyday lives. As a bilingual, Hispanic woman who is a first-generation college graduate, Naomi is proud to be a role model for her students every day. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Cassie Hanson

    Trimble Tech High School

    Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

    Cassie Hanson has an M.E. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Secondary Education English, Language Arts, Reading and ESL from Texas Christian University. She has taught in FWISD for eight years. Cassie takes relationships she forms with her students as seriously as she takes the lessons she teaches them. “Students need to trust that you are there for them, you care for them and have their best interests at heart.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Heather Hedges

    Paschal High School

    TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Mathematics

    Heather Hedges has taught in FWISD for 10 years. Heather has spent time learning about growth mindset research that shows intelligence is not determined at birth, but can change with hard work. She strives to build a growth mindset in each of her students so they are engaged and motivated to learn. Heather encourages her students to use math problems to make predictions and attempt various problem-solving methods to allow open discovery.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Marisol Herrera

    Dolores Huerta Elementary School

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math and/or Science

    Marisol Herrera has a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. She has taught in FWISD for six years. Marisol believes teaching is a means to achieving social equity and justice and says she knows firsthand how important an education is in creating opportunities necessary to escape poverty. A product of FWISD schools, Marisol came home to teach to provide students the same opportunities she had.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Vickie Jenson

    South Hills High School

    Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education

    Vickie Jenson has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences in Education from Tarleton State University. She has taught in FWISD for 21 years. Vickie’s students are interested in teaching as a career. She prepares them for internships so they can be successful, and her older interns mentor younger interns. “My students sometimes start out as strangers, but eventually grow as a family. We lean on each other.”  

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Brandi Mayhall

    Burton Hill Elementary School

    Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

    Brandi Mayhall has a B.A.E. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. She has taught in FWISD for 15 years. Brandi strives to prepare students to function effectively and grow to be life-long learners, use problem-solving skills, and build critical thinking skills. She leads by example to “show my students that I continually learn and grow through professional development, trips, and personal activities.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Amy Sikes Morrison

    Waverly Park Elementary School

    XTO Energy Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education

    Amy Sikes Morrison has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Wesleyan University. She has taught in FWISD for 13 years. Amy builds relationships with her students to make sure they feel safe and socially connected to school. These relationships help students focus so they can succeed in Amy’s classroom. “We talk about our school family and how we rely on each other for help, guidance, and problem solving.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Nathan Pena

    Young Women’s Leadership Academy

    Sewell Lexus and Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities

    Nathan Pena has a Master of Education from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University. He has taught in FWISD for seven years. Nathan spends a lot of time building relationships with his students. “If they see that you not only love your job, but you have a love for them and their educational growth, you will be repaid tenfold.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    South Hills High School

    Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Dance and Theater

    Victoria K. Scheffler has a B.F.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught in FWISD for 12 years. Theatre teaches goal setting, problem solving, public speaking, and it builds students’ self-confidence. These are valuable skills students can use their entire adult lives. This is why Victoria’s mantra is “Every student is able to participate in theatre.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Brent Schooley

    South Hills High School

    Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts

    Brent Schooley has a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas. He has taught in FWISD for eight years. He tries to get to know his students and their parents. “We have the gift of knowing a student for multiple years. Knowing what they deal with when they leave your band room will pay dividends when dealing with behavior issues or encouraging positive class interaction.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Barton Scott

    Young Men’s Leadership Academy

    Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in High School STEM

    Barton Scott has a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has taught in FWISD for four years. He works to build relationships with all his students and their parents. “The best teacher not only knows the content, but learns about the lives, needs, and dreams of each of the students.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Alyssa Vallecorsa

    Trimble Tech High School

    Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts

    Alyssa Vallecorsa has an M.F.A. in Web Design and New Media from Academy of Art University and a B.A. in Art and Art Education from Carlow University. She has taught in FWISD for three years. As an educator, Alyssa said she sees herself as a role model academically, ethically and personally for her students as she strives to provide them with a well-rounded visual arts education. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Maria Cruz Washington

    Stripling Middle School

    Central Market Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language

    Maria Cruz Washington has a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico. She has taught in FWISD for eight years. Maria wants her students to be life-long learners and independent thinkers. She learns about her students’ personal interests and designs lessons around those interests to provide extra motivation for learning. Maria strives to make her classroom a thriving community where everyone contributes to creating an engaging learning environment.