Sara Kingsolver
Elementary Teacher of the Year Winner
Finch Elementary School
Art Teacher

“One of my students lost her mother earlier this school year, and as I sat next to my husband at the funeral with tears welling in my eyes, my heart broke for this precious little girl who will live the rest of her years without her mother to dry her tears, tuck her in at night and share in life’s ups and downs. I know that I will never replace a parent of any of my students, but for the 40 hours that they are at school each week, they are ‘our kids.’ It is my mission to provide an atmosphere in the art room that is safe, encouraging and intellectually risk free to meet the high standards that I have put in place. I am there to celebrate triumphs and to give shelter in the storm. I truly love my students as if they were my own children.”
Steve Biles
Secondary Teacher of the Year Winner
McKinney Boyd High School
Astronomy Teacher

“My personal philosophy of teaching is really quite simple—do whatever it takes to produce students who are thoughtful, lifelong, independent, self-directed learners who possess the tools necessary to pursue and accomplish their dreams. If one were to visit my classroom on any given day, I trust that they would quickly observe the essence of that philosophy and the qualities that embody it: good humor, passion, positivity, patience, persistence and flexibility.

I can think of nothing more valuable to a student than making sure that they leave my classroom ready for whatever they may face in the world, and I strive to make sure that happens every year. Indeed, the ultimate goal I pursue is for my students to take complete ownership of their learning by the time they graduate.”

Tribute Video
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Teacher of the Year Banquet
April 3, 2014
Teacher Olympics
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Teacher of the Year Banquet
April 3, 2014
Jennifer Harry
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Bennett Elementary School
3rd Grade Teacher
Felipe Arellano
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Burks Elementary School
Bilingual Special Education Teacher
Laura Amlin
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Caldwell Elementary School
4th Grade Bilingual Teacher
Stephanie Hart
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Eddins Elementary School
3rd Grade Teacher
Chad Oliver
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Glen Oaks Elementary School
Physical Education Teacher
Penney Bell
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Johnson Elementary School
4th Grade Teacher
Alyssa Works
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Lawson Early Childhood School
PPCD
Cherylyn Witsell
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Malvern Elementary School
5th Grade Teacher
Suzette Luthi
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McClure Elementary School
4th Grade Math & Science Teacher
Bonnie Taylor
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McGowen Elementary School
Special Education Teacher
Nancy Allen
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McNeil Elementary School
Music Teacher
Karen Durrick
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Minshew Elementary School
3rd Grade Teacher
Leslie DeMattia
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Press Elementary School
K-1st Grade FAC
Erika Tillett
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Slaughter Elementary School
Kindergarten Teacher
Colleen Moon
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Valley Creek Elementary School
5th Grade ELAR & Social Studies
Jessica Merryman
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Vega Elementary School
4th Grade Teacher
Jodi Connolly
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Walker Elementary School
4th Grade Teacher
Shevin White
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Webb Elementary School
2nd Grade Teacher
Rae Curren
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Wilmeth Elementary School
Art Teacher
Kristen Garza
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Wolford Elementary School
1st Grade Teacher
Lori Bell
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Cockrill Middle School
Special Education Math Teacher
Jeremy Tillett
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Dowell Middle School
7th Grade Science Teacher
Amy Pedersen
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Evans Middle School
7th Grade Science Teacher
Bryann Caldwell
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Faubion Middle School
7th Grade Science Teacher
Johnette Monaghan
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Scott Johnson Middle School
7th Grade Math Teacher
Brittany Southerland
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McKinney High School
English 4 / AVID Teacehr
Ryan Solano
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McKinney North High School
Psychology Teacher /
AP Psychology Teacher
Billy Sikes
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County Residential Center (CRC)
6th - 12th Grade Math &
Science Teacher
Michelle Wehrwein
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DAEP
9th-12th Grade Math Teacher