The 2016 Teaching and Mentoring Excellence awards were presented at the TRC 22nd Annual Meeting, June 21st in Austin, Texas
Mentoring Excellence Awards
- Mathematics Teacher at IC Evans Elementary School in Burkburnett ISD
- ESC Region 9 Mathematics Collaborative
- 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award, Sponsored by the Center for STEM Education
Linda Borchardt, IC Evans Elementary mathematics teacher from Burkburnett ISD, was presented with the UT Austin Center for STEM Education 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award at the Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) Annual Meeting in Austin, June 21. ESC Region 9 Mathematics Collaborative Project Director Diane Hubbard, nominated Borchardt for her constant encouragement and inspiration to peer and new teachers. As a math lead coach Linda Borchardt brings enthusiasm, passion and expertise as a mentor. With an adept quality for gleaning first-year teachers’ strengths and helping to augment them, she also offers tips to shore up any disparities so the new teacher is prepared to face challenges from the start. By fully explaining the purpose of grade level TEKS to first-year teachers they are better able to anticipate student expectations and are equipped with strategies to develop and inspire them. In short – she helps new teachers be all they can be and that’s a win-win all around.
- Science Teacher at Earl Rudder Middle School, at Northside ISD
- OLLU Regional Science Collaborative
- 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award, Sponsored by the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
Peggy Hand, science teacher at Earl Rudder Middle School in Northside ISD was presented with the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award, sponsored by the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation. Nominated by the Project Director of the OLLU Regional Science Collaborative Peggy Carnahan, Hand received the prestigious statewide award for her encouragement and support in mentoring new teachers.
Reading about science from a textbook cannot replace the real ‘hands-on’ type of instruction for which Peggy Hand is recognized. She goes the extra mile by, literally, taking her classroom miles away to a variety of field trips to places like Enchanted Rock to study geology, to NASA to study space science, and to Guadalupe State Park to study environmental science. Peggy takes inventive approaches to teaching about energy, water, technology, science fairs and more which motivates students and peer educators to dive deeper immersing themselves in the world of science instruction. Leading by example is why this dedicated teacher is being honored with a 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation.
Teaching Excellence Awards
- Math Teacher at Woodsboro Junior/Senior High School in the Woodsboro ISD
- ESC Region 3 Mathematics Collaborative
- Received a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Sponsored by Shell
Debbie Herrera, math teacher at Woodsboro Junior/Senior High School in Woodsboro ISD, was presented with a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Shell. Herrera was nominated by ESC Region 3 Mathematics Collaborative Project Director Pamela Yosko, for her ability keep her classroom students engaged with a variety of math topic activities.
Debbie’s fast-paced classroom is similar to her steady involvement in the Region 3 Math Collaborative. She is a life-long learner and attends professional development far beyond what is required. Additionally, she has successfully coached UIL Mathematics, Number Sense and Calculator, too. Making learning come alive by bridging math to real life is one of the many reasons why Debbie is receiving a 2016 teaching award.
- Science Teacher at Kaffie Middle School from the Corpus Christi ISD
- Texas State Aquarium/ESC 2 Science Collaborative
- 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Shell
Cindy Hopkins, science teacher at Kaffie Middle School from the Corpus Christi ISD, was presented with a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Shell. Texas State Aquarium/ESC 2 Science Collaborative Project Director Sheryl Roehl nominated her for her talent, dedication and excellence in the field of STEM teaching.
A life-long learner herself, Cindy is pursuing her doctorate degree and received highest accolades of recommendation for this award from her principal and her professor. Cindy’s strong pedagogical and content knowledge furthers her ability to network and collaborate with other science teachers. Her work with the Texas State Aquarium has resulted in a ‘how-to’ of educating children for aquarium STEM learning activities. Her can-do attitude to accomplish goals and her will-do approach to teaching her students is why she is a 2016 Teaching Excellence Award recipient.
- Science Teacher at Longview Early Graduation High School in Longview ISD
- ESC Region 7 Science Collaborative
- 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Sponsored by the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
Shanya Kennison, high school science teacher at Longview Early Graduation High School in Longview ISD, was presented with a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation. Nominated by Project Director Tera Collins in the Region 7 Science Collaborative, Kennison earned the award for her advocacy, care and sheer grit in finding resources and opportunities for her students.
Relentless in her pursuit to find strategies that will work with “her kids,” Shanya has applied for grants and brought STEM, forensic science, biology and more to her 100% at-risk campus. She goes above and beyond to encourage her students to be creative and engaged learners. She has been instrumental in providing a positive impact despite the odds – especially considering that by February of this year, she already had lost eight students due to drug and gang violence. Shanya instills in her classroom students the dedication that she will not give up on them and they should not give up on themselves. She teaches every day with a smile on her face in an effort to bolster them. That extraordinary commitment is integral to her achievements and why she is receiving this Award.
- Science Teacher at Brenham Junior High School in Brenham ISD
- ESC Region 6 Science Collaborative
- 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, Sponsored by Shell
Diana Kohring, science teacher at Brenham Junior High School in Brenham ISD, was presented with a 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Shell. ESC Region 6 Science Collaborative Co-Project Directors Susan Bohan, and Danna Mitschke nominated Kohring for successfully preparing students for the rigor of a science curriculum through innovative thinking, an inspiring approach to teaching, as well as authentic professionalism.
Diana has been described as a teacher who is “always thinking and planning science.” Her desire and passion for teaching radiates to all the students in her classroom as well as with her peers. She keeps her students attuned to the cutting edge of technology integration and instructional techniques. Her best qualities include her willingness to share ideas, collaborate and put forth unwavering effort for the improvement of science education for all.