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Mother-Son Duo to Be Honored as FWISD Campus Teacher of the Year Honorees

A mother and son are among the 133 Campus Teacher of the Year honorees being recognized at a special after-school reception, Thursday, April 5.

Debbie and Zach Reimer, said that they always joked about and wondered “what if” the two of them would become a FWISD Campus Teacher of the Year.

“We laugh about it, because we’ve never even been nominated before,” said Mr. Reimer, a world history teacher at Polytechnic High School. “It’s just a real honor to be able to share the same award with my mom in the same year.

“It’s such an unusual thing, or at least to us [it is.]” 

The Reimers say they look forward to standing alongside one another and cheering the other on at this year’s ceremony.

The Campus Teacher of the Year reception, hosted by Central Market, is being held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 5 in the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) atrium, 1700 University Drive.  Musicians from the Paschal High School Chamber Strings, directed by Toby Jones, will provide the reception entertainment.

Mrs. Reimer, a math teacher at Paschal High School, said that she’s overwhelmed at her selection as a Campus Teacher of the Year honoree. It’s “pretty cool” she added that two generations of her family are being recognized in the same year.

She said that since her son, the oldest of four, was a child, she’s always been there cheering on his successes, and Thursday will be no different.  Whether she advances to the FWISD District Teacher of the Year round of the competition is not something she worries about.

“Just to be in that elite group is an honor for me,” Mrs. Reimer said. “If Zach gets it, and I don’t I’ll be standing right behind him cheering him on.

“I’m just honored to be able to stand alongside my son.”

Mr. Reimer has taught nine years and has been with the District for seven years.  Mrs. Reimer, who has taught 20 years, has spent 16 years of her career teaching at FWISD’s Paschal High.

The two come from a large family of educators who often share best practices, success stories and the joys and pains of teaching, they say.

The Reimers are among the first mother-son Campus Teacher of the Year recipients honored since the award was established in 1985.

“It’s obvious that the Reimer family has teaching in their blood,” said Peg Murphy, director of FWISD Community and Strategic Partnerships, which organizes the annual reception. “How wonderful that this mother and son can support one another and share best practices.”

For more than 30 years, community businesses and organizations have partnered with Fort Worth ISD to recognize the District’s outstanding classroom teachers.  Teachers are selected for the campus award by their peers.

Ten campus honorees will be singled out and announced as finalists for the elementary and secondary District Teacher of the Year awards, which will be presented this May.  One elementary and one secondary teacher will be named District Teacher of Year and receive a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market. The eight award finalists will be presented with $1,000.  


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