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Fort Worth ISD Introduces 2020-21 District Teacher of the Year Finalists

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: Each finalist is an expert at pivoting back and forth between virtual and in-person learning; is a problem solver; leads others in innovation; and makes a positive difference across their campus. 

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners will be announced at a special virtual reveal event May 4. 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.

On a recent spring morning, Vanida Chanthaphone’s principal and colleagues at William Monnig Middle School surprised Vanida with the news she was a finalist. Vanida loved school as a student and loves it today as a teacher. Her goal is to make a difference by being a mentor, advocate and cheerleader for her students.

Learn more about Vanida in this video.



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