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FWISD Honors Campus Teachers of the Year, Announces District Teacher of the Year Finalists

Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) recognized Campus Teachers of the Year honorees at a special evening reception Wednesday, March 29, 2023, supported by community partners. This event honored 130 teachers from across the District and featured a live student-orchestra performance, hors d'oeuvres, and prizes.

This reception was held at the FWISD Teaching and Learning Center, with entertainment provided by the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Hunter Lewis and Veronica Schramm.

Beautiful centerpieces were created for all tables by 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in Mr. David Orona's art classes at Manuel Jara Elementary. The collaboration by the students resulted in unique painted vases that teachers could not wait to own. As one student was painting, he explained the design and said, "This will be a memory of 2023 for the teachers." Watch the students during the creation process below:

The event finale was the announcement of the 10 finalists for District Teacher of the Year. Of the 130 Campus Teachers of the Year, 90 submitted applications for District Teacher of the Year. A selection committee of retired and current educators reviewed and evaluated the applications and selected 10 finalists. These finalists will advance to the next phase of the District Teacher of the Year selection process, which includes a panel interview in mid-April.

The 10 finalists for District Teacher of the Year are:


Carlee Byrd                           Overton Park Elem

Nelson Cedillo                      George C. Clarke Elem

Alexandra Flores                  M.H. Moore Elem

Amanda Dawn Inay             Rufino Mendoza Elem

Natalie Reyna                       Westcliff Elem



Erin Blythe                            Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

Timothy Brendler                I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM/VPA

Aimee Hatch                         Daggett Montessori

Mikki McCoy                         Benbrook Middle-High

Erick Perez                            Dunbar High School


The District Teacher of the Year panel interviews will determine the two winners. The two winners will be announced at a special dinner at the Fort Worth Zoo May 4. The next step for the two winners will be to apply to Region 11 for consideration in the State Teacher of the Year competition.

This year's Campus Teachers of the Year are:


A.M. Pate Elementary

Martha McGuin

Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center

Madeline Miller

Alice D. Contreras Elementary

Ana Salas

Amon Carter-Riverside High School

Derrick Franklin

Applied Learning Academy

Kailee Reed

Arlington Heights High School

Misty Peek

Atwood McDonald Elementary

Tonja Mosby

Benbrook Elementary

Ellyn Shepherd

Benbrook Middle-High School

Mikki McCoy

Bill J. Elliott Elementary

Kirchanda Johnson

Bonnie Brae Elementary

Danielle Hunt

Boulevard Heights Elementary

Ashleigh Powell

Edward J. Briscoe Elementary

Kendall Ladner

Bruce Shulkey Elementary

Stephanie Mihalik

Burton Hill Elementary

Marvin Hazen

Carroll Peak Elementary

Maxine Jackson

Carter Park Elementary

Leah Polk

Cesar Chavez Elementary

Michelle Glessing

Charles E. Nash Elementary

Jeannie Sisk

Christene C. Moss Elementary

Erica Mayo

Clifford Davis Elementary

LaTonya Green

D. McRae Elementary

Rosa Tarin

Daggett Elementary

Patty Gill

Daggett Middle School

Edwin Harris, Jr.

Daggett Montessori

Aimee Hatch

David K. Sellars Elementary

Sheene Campbell

De Zavala Elementary

Pamela Campos-Flores

Diamond Hill Elementary

Tina Culp-McDonald

Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School

Amberly Wright

Dolores Huerta Elementary

Jana Gomez

Dunbar High School

Erick Perez

East Handley Elementary

Rebekah Nunez

Eastern Hills Elementary

Maria Le

Eastern Hills High School

Marcia Brumley

George C. Clarke Elementary

Nelson Cedillo

Glen Park Elementary

Lillian Johnson

Greenbriar Elementary

Cristina Padilla

H. V. Helbing Elementary

Angelica Baldwin

Harlean Beal Elementary

Brittany Wilson

Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary

Johnneatta Beard Washington

Hubbard Heights Elementary

Bridgette Blize

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM/VPA

Timothy Brendler


Lanita Jackson-Palmer

International Newcomer Academy

J Mata

J. Martin Jacquet Middle School

Jacqueline London

J. P Elder Middle School

Crystal Zeiler

J.T. Stevens Elementary

Claudia Nuñez

Jean McClung Middle School

Sharma Ellis


Deanna Johnson

Jo Kelly School

Darrell Sessums

Kirkpatrick Elementary

Maria Argote

Kirkpatrick Middle School

Jose Garcia

Leadership Academy at Como Elementary

Donelle Bratton

Leadership Academy at Forest Oak 6th Grade

Mariah Hollie

Leadership Academy at Forest Oak Middle

Euricka White

Leadership Academy at John T. White Elementary

L. Shantè Leonard

Leadership Academy at Maude I. Logan Elementary

Angela Newton

Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard Elementary

Krista King

Leonard Middle School

Sarahy Cruz

Lily B. Clayton Elementary

McCall Sanderson

Lowery Road Elementary

Ms. Jessica Davis

Luella Merrett Elementary

Irma Young

M. H. Moore Elementary

Alexandra Flores

M. L. Phillips Elementary

Kathryn Martinez

M. M. Walton Elementary

Stephanie Ibarra

Manuel Jara Elementary

Adriana Sanchez

Marine Creek Collegiate

Melanie Grubbs

McLean 6th Grade

April Sowder

McLean Middle School

James Hall

Meacham Middle School

Jessica Newcomer

Meadowbrook Elementary

Kathryn Cottrell

Meadowbrook Middle School

Chief Darrell Lard

Middle Level Learning/Metro Opportunity High School

Paul Garrison

Morningside Elementary

Toni Hayes

Morningside Middle School

Sherea Williams

Natha Howell Elementary

Lucia Campos

North Hi Mount Elementary

Jennifer Castillo

North Side High School

Major Raul Padilla

O. D. Wyatt High School

Gerlynn Germain

Oakhurst Elementary

Arash Noori

Oaklawn Elementary

Guadalupe Perea Sanchez

Overton Park Elementary

Carlee Byrd

Paschal High School

January Shannon

Polytechnic High School

Alanna James

Pre-K Satellite Centers

Marilyn Alvarez

Richard J. Wilson Elementary

Viviana Rodriguez

Ridglea Hills Elementary

Halie Poe

Riverside Applied Learning Center

Misty Piniecki-Sanchez

Riverside Middle School

Sara Barnebee

Rosemont Middle School

Jesus Aguirre

Rufino Mendoza Elementary

Amanda Inay

S. S. Dillow Elementary

Kathryn Rhodes

Sagamore Hill Elementary

Evelyn Lewis

Sam Rosen Elementary

Liliana Vargas

Seminary Hills Park Elementary

Gee Jung

South Hi Mount Elementary

Marissa Black

South Hills Elementary

Shelbie Guerra

South Hills High School

Rachel Huckaby

Southwest High School

Christina Stroud

Springdale Elementary

M. Andy Chase

Stripling Middle School

Floyd Slay

Success High School

Diane Phan

Sunrise-McMillan Elementary

Victoria Walker

T. A. Sims Elementary

Grecia Friedson

Tanglewood Elementary

Brooke Fitch

TCC South/FWISD Collegiate High School

Stephen Coll

Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

Erin Blythe

Transition Center

Rebecca Stanley

Green B. Trimble Technical High School

Hilary Velasquez

Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary

Cynthia Copeland

Versia L. Williams Elementary

Diana Barron

W. M. Green Elementary

Kaylor Massington

W.J. Turner Elementary

Desiree Martinez

Washington Heights Elementary

Kay Rosenfield

Waverly Park Elementary

Olivia Ramirez

Wedgwood 6th Grade

Joe Perez

Wedgwood Middle School

Devon McGrew

West Handley Elementary

Mattie Mahan

Westcliff Elementary

Natalie Reyna

Westcreek Elementary

Sara Clinton

Western Hills Elementary

Nikki Grimes

Western Hills High School

Belinda Halicki

Westpark Elementary

Erin Farr

William James Middle School

Lucia Arcos

William Monnig Middle School

Lexa Richmond

Woodway Elementary

Terra Brown

World Languages Institute

Rosie Christine Hernández

Worth Heights Elementary

Ivette Robledo

Young Men's Leadership Academy

Reuben Vaughn

Young Women's Leadership Academy

Rose Ramirez