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MISD Teachers of the Year will be Riding in Style for the Next 12 Months Courtesy of El Dorado Chevy Mazda

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

McKinney, Texas (May 25, 2016) – As she eases into the black leather driver’s seat of a brand new Chevy Camaro, McKinney ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Carol Winters says with a laugh, “I chose something that I wouldn’t normally drive.”

Maybe so, but within moments, the veteran AP English teacher from McKinney High School looks right at home in this new set of wheels that is sure to be the envy of her students.

Group standing in front of two cars

(r-l) El Dorado Director of Operations Guy Gibbs, MISD Partners in Education Director Nancy Cowlishaw, MISD 2016 Secondary Teacher of the Year Carol Winters, MISD 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year Megan Whittaker, MISD Board of Trustees Secretary Stephanie O’Dell and MISD Board of Trustees member Kathi Livezey

Sales Manager Rusty McDonald will hand the keys over to her in a few minutes, and it’ll be Winters’ to drive for a year—free of charge—courtesy of El Dorado Chevrolet Mazda in McKinney.

While Winters soaks up the coolness of her new Camaro, Megan Whittaker smiles and opens the back hatch of a new 2016 Chevy Equinox. “I teach Pre-K, and I carry a lot of bins back and forth between school and home. There’s no way I could fit everything in that car,” she laughs, gesturing toward Winters’ Camaro. As the 2016 MISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Whittaker is receiving a new vehicle, too.

Winters sitting in drivers seat smiling at camera

MISD 2016 Secondary Teacher of the Year Carol Winters in the blue Camaro RS that she’ll be driving free of charge thanks to the generosity of El Dorado Motors of McKinney

“It is truly, truly an honor,” says McDonald of the opportunity to offer the use of these vehicles to Winters and Whittaker. “It’s awesome. We feel very fortunate to be able to help.”

It’s one way the dealership hopes to show its appreciation for the teachers of MISD.

Whittaker sitting in back of Chevy Equinox smiling at the camera

MISD 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year Megan Whittaker chose a slightly more practical vehicle—a new 2016 Chevy Equinox. “I carry a lot of bins back and forth between school and home. There’s no way I could fit everything in that [Camaro]!”

El Dorado has been a strong supporter of the district for some time. In 2011, when the FFA program needed a truck to haul projects to livestock shows, El Dorado donated a brand new Chevy Silverado One-Ton HD Crew Cab. The dealership sponsors the Teacher of the Month recognition on 97.5 KLAK as well as the radio station’s end of the year banquet which honors the teachers spotlighted each month. And, last year they launched this Teacher of the Year vehicle program as another opportunity to give back.

The generosity of the gesture is not taken for granted.

“I just think it’s amazing that a car dealership would show this much appreciation to our teachers and our community,” says Whittaker. “They’re a business, and I know that they could be making money from these cars. But, instead they’re showing their appreciation for the school district.”

And, what better time to hop into a new car than summer? School will roll back around soon enough, and the time for loading up bins and teaching supplies will be here again before we know it.

But, for now, it’s time to relax a little…and just cruise.

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