FWISD Selects 2021 District Teacher of the Year Finalists

Posted by Fort Worth ISD on 4/14/2021

Panel interviews are underway for the Fort Worth ISD’s 10 District Teacher of the Year finalists.

Recently, the District recognized the 10 finalists with surprise campus visits. Schools were creative in the way they surprised their honorees, with drum lines, cheerleaders, banners, balloons, and student performances to show their appreciation.dtoy

The Elementary and Secondary District Teacher of the Year winners will be announced in early May.  Each of the two award winners receives a $5,000 honorarium from Central Market.  The eight finalists will receive a $1,500 award from Central Market.

The finalists are:


Angela Ferguson, fourth grade Math and Science – Lowery Road ES

Brigit Lopez, K-1 Physical Education– Western Hills Primary

Mary McKinnie, Pre-K – sixth grade Special Education – Jo Kelly School

Olivia Olalde, fifth grade Bilingual – Alice Contreras ES

Anthony Smith-Wright, fifth grade Science and Social Studies – Eastern Hills ES


Ann-Denise Anderson, ninth – 12th grade Art 1, Photography 2 & 3, AP Studio Art, Drawing, 3D – Polytechnic HS

Vanida Chanthaphone, seventh and eighth grade English and Reading – Monnig MS

Casey Kirchner, 11th and 12th grade U.S. History, Pre-AP U. S. History, Leadership – R. L. Paschal HS

TeNeal “Charlie” Metcalf, ninth, 11th, 12th grade AP & Pre-AP Biology– Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Tobie Moser, sixth and seventh grade Science – Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Each finalist received a floral arrangement and a gift card from Central Market, the sponsor of the District Teacher of the Year award program.