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Danielle Freeman from Frazier Elementary and Elias Kawesa from McKinney High School Named MISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year

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Shane Mauldin|
Friday, April 12, 2024
  • McKinney ISD held its annual Teacher of the Year Dinner on Thursday, April 11, 2024, to honor its Campus Teachers of the Year and to name the MISD Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year. A special thank you to sponsors Eldorado Motors, Commercial Bank of Texas, McKinney Education Foundation and MISD Partners in Education!
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — McKinney Mayor George Fuller
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Sponsor Commercial Bank of Texas provided a generous check for $1,000 to Elementary Teacher of the Year Danielle Freeman and Secondary Teacher of the Year Elias Kawesa during the MISD Teacher of the Year Dinner.
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Mike Forsyth, Vega Elementary Principal and Wendy Cottam, Vega Elementary Assistant Principal
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Grace Roberts, Scott Johnson Middle School Assistant Principal and Harvey Oaxaca, MISD Board Secretary
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Faubion Teacher of the Year and MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalist Bryann Lee (third from left) with her Faubion cheering section.
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Rhonda Hamilton (left), Malvern Elementary Assistant Principal and Rhonda Gilliam, Malvern Elementary Principal
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — (l-r) Dr. Paula Kent, McKinney High School Principal; Nancy Cowlishaw, Partners in Education Director; Jae Gaskill, McKinney North High School Principal
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Genesis Yougas, 2023 MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Region 10 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Daun Griffen, 2023 MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Philip Hassler, MISD Board President
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Chelsea Ashby, Press Elementary Teacher of the Year and MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Danielle Freeman
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Maria Hafner, Webb Elementary Principal and Marina Byrd, Webb Elementary Assistant Principal
  • McKinney ISD 2024 Teacher of the Year Dinner — Elias Kawesa, McKinney High School Teacher of the Year and MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and Dr. Paula Kent, McKinney High School Principal

McKinney, Texas — The McKinney ISD Teacher of the Year Dinner is one of the most anticipated events of the school year, a chance to focus the spotlight of MISD’s respect and admiration upon the most outstanding of the district’s educators, to honor those who have been singled out by their colleagues as exemplars of the profession.

On Thursday, April 11, MISD officials, teachers, administrators, family and community leaders made their way into the MISD Community Event Center for an evening of celebration to honor the district’s 31 Campus Teachers of the Year and to celebrate the announcement of the district’s 2024 MISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year. Each teacher honored was selected by his or her peers to serve as the Campus Teacher of the Year and then participated in a portfolio and interview process to be considered for selection as the Elementary or Secondary Teacher of the Year. Those two teachers will then go on to represent MISD in the Region 10 Teacher of the Year program.

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MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt welcomes everyone to the 2024 MISD Teacher of the Year Dinner on Thursday, April 11, at the MISD Community Event Center.

MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt stood at the podium to welcome everyone and to usher in the evening’s proceedings. He called McKinney Mayor George Fuller to the stage, who spoke candidly of the impact that MISD teachers have had on his own children.

“[Our school district] is by far our most precious asset in this city … because of the teachers,” Fuller said. “I have four kids that have gone through the school system here. There are teachers in this room that have touched the lives of each of my kids, and I can tell you that they are all thriving. They are all having success in their life in all different forms, and Maylee and I know that it is [due] in great part to teachers here who have had an impact on their lives.”

Pratt called upon Board President Philip Hassler, who spoke of the Board’s appreciation of and support for the district’s teachers. “I bring you a message on behalf of the McKinney ISD Board,” Hassler said. “We love our teachers. We love our teachers with every fiber of our being. Thank you so much for the work that you do.”

The previous year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Genesis Yougas and Daun Griffen shared of their experience over the past year. And, then the Campus Teachers of the Year were called one by one to the stage as a video feature offered a glimpse of each of these masterful educators at work in the classroom. Thirty-one crossed the stage to receive their award, and then the time came to announce the Finalists and the MISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

Here are the 2024 MISD Teachers of the Year:

2024 MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year Danielle Freeman

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Danielle Freeman, Frazier Elementary Teacher of the Year and MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Danielle Freeman, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

2024 MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Elias Kawesa

on stage with award

Elias Kawesa, McKinney High School Teacher of the Year and MISD Secondary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Elias Kawesa, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

2024 Elementary Teacher of the Year Finalists

on stage with award

Lynda Batson, Minshew Elementary Teacher of the Year and MISD Elementary First Runner Up — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Lynda Batson, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

on stage with award

Chelsea Ashby, Press Elementary Teacher of the Year and MISD Elementary Second Runner Up — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Chelsea Ashby, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

2024 Secondary Teacher of the Year Finalists

on stage with award

Deanne Pratt, McKinney North High School Teacher of the Year and MISD Secondary First Runner Up — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Deanne Pratt, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

on stage with award

Bryann Lee, Faubion Middle School Teacher of the Year and MISD Secondary Second Runner Up — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Bryann Lee, MISD Board President Philip Hassler

2024 Campus Teachers of the Year

on stage with award

Jason Gray, Bennett Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Jason Gray, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

onstage with award

Imelda Pacheco, Burks Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Imelda Pacheco, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

on stage with award

Melinda Farlow, Caldwell Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Melinda Farlow, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

on stage with award

Erin Tanner, Eddins Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Erin Tanner, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

on stage with award

Kari O’Brien, Finch Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Kari O’Brien, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

on stage with award

Aaron Flores, Glen Oaks Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Aaron Flores, MISD Board Secretary Harvey Oaxaca

on stage with award

Katie Leake, Reuben Johnson Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Katie Leake, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Elizabeth Lopez, Lawson Early Childhood School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Elizabeth Lopez, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Antonio Hernandez, Malvern Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Antonio Hernandez, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Kristi Garcia, McClure Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Kristi Garcia, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Taylor Teague, McGowen Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Taylor Teague, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Jordyn Barnard, McNeil Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Jordyn Barnard, MISD Trustee Larry Jagours

on stage with award

Devon Lowe, Slaughter Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Devon Lowe, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Ashley Hepworth, Valley Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Ashley Hepworth, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Valerie Larpenteur, Vega Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Valerie Larpenteur, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Trisha Kincaid — Walker Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Trisha Kincaid, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Monica Hoover, Webb Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Monica Hoover, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Brenda Ross, Wilmeth Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Brenda Ross, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Daenna Branch, Wolford Elementary Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Daenna Branch, MISD Board Vice President Amy Dankel

on stage with award

Brandi Ramirez, Cockrill Middle School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Brandi Ramirez, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

on stage with award

Kalla Dorsey — Dowell Middle School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Kalla Dorsey, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

on stage with award

Terry Lanier, Evans Middle School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Terry Lanier, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

on stage with award

Alex Coverson — Scott Johnson Middle School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Alex Coverson, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

on stage with award

Mary Le, McKinney Boyd High School Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, Mary Le, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

on stage with award

David Singleton, DAEP Teacher of the Year — (l-r) MISD Superintendent Shawn Pratt, David Singleton, MISD Trustee Stephanie O’Dell

 

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