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Meet finalists Katie Hartz and James Korn!

The Fort Worth ISD, with the generous support of longtime community partner, Central Market, recognizes 10 outstanding teachers this spring as the District Teacher of the Year finalists.  

The 10 finalists are being recognized for rising to the many challenges of teaching in the middle of a global health crisis. These educators come from a variety of teaching fields and backgrounds, but they have critical characteristics in common: they are problem solvers, lead others in innovation, and each makes a positive difference across their campus.  

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners will be announced at the highly-anticipated awards dinner May 5. Each of the two award winners receives a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market. The eight finalists will each receive a $1,500 award from Central Market. 

Each day leading up to Thursday’s awards dinner, we will release two videos of the ten finalists.

Here are today’s: Katie Hartz teaches first grade at Overton Park Elementary. She knew at a young age she wanted to be a teacher. Her model was her first-grade teacher. “I learned from her that the most important thing is to build relationships with students.” Mrs. Hartz believes students need to feel loved, safe, and respected in order to succeed. “I am impacting future leaders in our society, and my classroom is a fun and safe place for kids to be.”

Learn more about Mrs. Hartz in this video.

Also profiled today is James Korn, who teaches ninth grade algebra at Arlington Heights High School. He began teaching through Teach for America. “I fell in love with the idea that I could impact kids on such a profound level, in and out of the classroom.”   

Learn more about Mr. Korn in this video.