FORT WORTH ISD NAMES 10 DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Fort Worth ISD students, teachers, and administrators may be operating from home right now, but that did not stop the District from selecting not one, not two, but 10 District Teachers of the Year.
In 10 separate Zoom meetings on April 20, campus principals and colleagues surprised their teacher winners with signs, balloons, and music to announce they were one of 10 District Teachers of the Year for 2020. Every teacher was surprised by the announcement, and some were visibly moved by the praise they received from their peers in the meeting.
Watch a compilation of the elementary school teacher announcements here. A compilation of the secondary school teacher announcements is available here.
A panel of judges had previously selected these 10 exemplary teachers from more than 70 applicants. Each applicant had already been elected by their peers as the Campus Teacher of the Year for 2020.
In a typical year, these 10 teachers would have been named finalists who would then go through a rigorous panel interview process to determine one elementary and one secondary Teacher of the Year.
This year is anything but typical, and the District decided to name five elementary and five secondary Teachers of the Year. All 10 winners will have a special Zoom meeting April 22 with Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner, Board of Education President Jacinto Ramos, and District partner Central Market.
Central Market is the annual sponsor for the Campus Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the recognition programs, and they will provide each Teacher of the Year with a special prize in their honor.
While these teachers will not be able to attend the traditional teacher award dinner, the District will shine the digital spotlight on them, with special videos and photos on the District website. They will also be virtually recognized at an upcoming school board meeting.
Jennifer Sanchez, third grade math and reading, Western Hills Elementary: Master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of Texas at Arlington.
Brooke Darby, fifth grade ELAR and social studies, DeZavala Elementary: Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University
Carminia Moreno, Fifth grade science and social studies, Sam Rosen Elementary: Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Arlington
Amy Craft, dyslexia interventionist, Carter Park Elementary: Bachelor’s degree from Crichton College
Mireya Cadena, second grade DLE English Language Arts Teacher, Cesar Chavez Elementary: Bachelor’s degree from University of California Los Angeles
Kathy Elliott, Ninth grade biology, Ninth grade college transitions, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences: Master’s degree, University of Texas at Arlington; Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas at Austin
Derek Smilowski, Head Director of Bands, Eastern Hills High School: Bachelor’s degree, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Matthew Bradford, Sixth grade Health, Meadowbrook Middle School: Master’s degree, University of Texas at Arlington; Bachelor’s degree, Stephen F. Austin University
Vicky Robertson, AVID teacher, Polytechnic High School: Bachelor’s degree, Texas Wesleyan University
Ray Horton, Geometry and Algebra I, TCC South- Fort Worth ISD Collegiate: Master’s degree, University of Texas at Arlington; Bachelor’s degree, Baylor University; Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas at Austin
FWISD Superintendent Turns the Spotlight on District Volunteers in New Video
Did you know this is National Volunteers Week?
And, did you know that more than 10,000 women and men volunteer each year for Fort Worth ISD?
As Superintendent Kent Scribner says in this short video, our amazing volunteers wear many different hats to get the job done.
And now, during the coronavirus health crisis, they are doing more vital work than ever, as they help to get food and other necessities to our students and their families.
We could not do all we do to educate our children, without our volunteers.
This "thank you" is from all of us at Fort Worth ISD.
FWISD CELEBRATES NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK
This week is all about volunteers.
The Fort Worth ISD joins the country in a celebration of service, hope and inspiration this National Volunteer Week, April 19-25.
In recent weeks since the District’s closure to prevent spread of COVID-19, volunteers, now more than ever, have been invaluable to the District’s mission of ensuring all students are not only cared for but prepared for college, career and community leadership. Volunteers have gone above and beyond in partnering with the District to provide students with ongoing support, nourishment and tools for academic success.
They have found safe ways, in adherence to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help others as society adjusts to the new normal.
Churches in typical leadership fashion have stepped up to bring strength and passion to serving others. FWISD thanks the faith-based organizations helping to meet essential needs citywide. Special recognition goes to the following churches and their volunteers that are providing food and ongoing support to FWISD families facing severe challenges during the District closure: Doxology Bible Church, Broadway Baptist Church, University Christian Church, Tree of Life Church, First Christian Church, Southcliff Baptist Church, Christ Church Fort Worth, 7 City Church, Central Bible Church, Waves of Faith, Christ Chapel Bible Church, Fellowship Church Fort Worth, Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, Altamesa Church of Christ, South Hills Christian Church, Celebration Community Church and Southside Church of Christ.
A special thank you goes to parent, civic and literacy organizations that have supported students and staff all year long, infusing hope and being a source of inspiration to all. Organizations like Read2Win, Reading Partners, Kid’s Hope, and the Rotary Club maintain a steady commitment to our schools.
Recently, Reading Partners donated more than 2,000 books to be distributed to students by Broadway Baptist Church volunteers at all 18 Fort Worth ISD Meals to Go sites.
FWISD also extends its gratitude to its partners, large corporations and small businesses making important, strategic investments in our schools and Fort Worth. Employees from these businesses not only volunteer their time and talents but the companies support the District financially. They include Dickie’s, Fidelity Investments, EECU, and many others.
National Volunteer Week, celebrated nationally since 1974, will soon come to an end, but our gratitude and appreciation for the work of volunteers in strengthening the community through education will remain.