Awards & Leadership Positions
Plano ISD faculty and staff members earned many awards and serving at the local, state and national levels in leadership positions. Following are a few of their achievements.
2016 Plano ISD Teachers of the Year
Erika Manning and Bryan Yee captured the elementary and secondary 2016 Teacher of the Year titles, respectively, at Plano ISD's annual Teacher of the Year Gala. Read about the honorees here. Highlighting the gala evening were recognitions of 72 Teacher of the Year nominees and announcements of 10 experienced teachers who captured "Excellence in Teaching" awards.
2016 Superintendent’s Service Award Winners
Pictured are Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Binggeli with award winners: Ruby Kay Mutchler, Beaty Early Childhood School, Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities, teaching assistant; Tracy Helms,
Clark High School, office assistant; Rosa Hernandez, Food and Nutritional Services manager at Christie Elementary School; and (not pictured) Betty Bell, Technology Operations
Winners of the 2016 Superintendent's Service Award were announced at the 51st Annual Plano ISD Service and Retirement Banquet held at Southfork Ranch. These outstanding employees were selected from among 51 fellow nominees for the award, which is designed to honor support staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty as they perform their job responsibilities. Also honored at the banquet were 42 retiring employees and hundreds of employees who earned service pins for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to Plano schools. Read the full story here.
2016 Texas Instruments Innovations in STEM Teaching Award Recipients
TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Award winners Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School; Laura Spear, Vines High School; and Raymond Morton, Hendrick Middle School are pictured following their announcement at the May 3 school board meeting.
Three Plano ISD teachers captured TI Foundation Innovations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teaching Awards, and an additional three teachers were named award finalists. The six teachers were recognized at the May 3 Plano ISD Board of Trustees meeting. Winners are Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School; Raymond Morton, Hendrick Middle School; and Laura Spear, Vines High School. Finalists are Amy Semifero, Academy High School; Parul Dumka, Williams High School; and Neil Milburn, Plano West Senior High School.
The awards honor and recognize talented, dedicated and outstanding secondary teachers. In addition to excellence in the classroom, the finalists and winners also foster enthusiasm and generate excitement for science, technology, engineering and mathematics as they work with their students and collaborate with colleagues.
The three 2016 TI Award recipients will each receive a $5,000 personal cash award and a $5,000 award that will go toward their school for classroom technology or professional development opportunities. The three STEM Award Finalists will each receive a $500 award.
CREST State Counseling Award Winners
Five Plano ISD schools have received this year’s Texas School Counseling Association award for school guidance programs - the CREST award – Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas. Successful applicant schools provided detailed statistics, narratives and data in support of program achievements. Congratulations to:
- Haun Elementary School - Marjorie Edge, Counselor; Jayne Smith, Principal
- Hickey Elementary School - Michele Allen, Counselor; Jane Oestrich, Principal
- Hightower Elementary School - Aubrey Nell, Counselor; Mariea Sprott, Principal
- Hughston Elementary School - Pamela Hart, Counselor; Carrie D’Argo, Principal
- Otto Middle School - Nikole Roberson, Brittney David, Grant Wilson, Counselors; Antoine Spencer, Principal
Texas Association of School Business Officials Commitment to Excellence Award
Raymond Weaver, Plano ISD's director of purchasing services, was recognized as a finalist for the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Commitment to Excellence Award at the 2015 state conference in February. The award is the highest individual honor that TASBO presents and recognizes members who best distinguish themselves within their profession, community and TASBO.
Plano ISD Education Foundation 'Grants to Educators' Winners
2014 grant recipient, Teacher Kimberly Harvey-Jordan, Armstrong Middle School, with students
In November, 2014, Plano ISD Education Foundation board members, program sponsors, district staff and parent leaders personally delivered a record $120,000 in awards to fund 107 innovative instructional programs. Since the year 2000, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million to enhance the quality of education in Plano schools. The Grants to Educators program helps Plano ISD educators enhance instruction in schools and classrooms across the district. Read about 2014 grant winners here.
Plano ISD Principals Named Educators of the Year
Two Plano ISD principals have been honored this year as "Educators of the Year" by local organizations - Collin County LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) and the Plano Community Forum. Congratulations to Gloria Martinez and Sharon Bradley whose contributions are award winning. Gloria Martinez, Williams High School principal, was honored as Collin County LULAC Educator of the Year, and Sharon Bradley, Guinn Center principal, won the Plano Community Forum Educator of the Year title.
Plano ISD Diversity Advocacy Leadership Award Winners
Nominees and winners of Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Awards were recognized at Plano ISD's 2015 MLK Tribute event. Nominees and winners were announced by Diane Hodge, Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee chairman. Winners were presented awards by Autry Daniel, Plano ISD employee recruitment and retention assistant director. The awards are coordinated annually by the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee to recognize students, staff and community members whose actions honor the work and ideals of Dr. King. Employees who captured community impact awards were Gerardo Luna, Williams High School Social Studies teacher, who started a group called Journey at Williams. The group award honored four teachers from Bowman Middle School: Vickie Harper, Charlotte Salmon, Dan Zock and Judith Alfaro, who formed the Bowman Diversity Program Committee.
More Employee Achievements and Leadership Initiatives
- Paul Weaver, Plano ISD assistant executive director of guidance and family education services, was recently presented the Martha H. Salmon Leadership Award at the College Board's Southwestern Regional Forum. The award recognizes an individual whose service and leadership at the regional and national levels has continuously advanced the mission of the College Board and who has demonstrated significant contributions and service by advocating equity, access and opportunity for all students.
- Dr. Lisa Thibodeaux, executive director for secondary academic services, captured the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading's 2014 Jean Greenlaw Literacy Award for her long-time contributions to literacy in Texas and beyond. Lisa was presented with the award at the September Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading conference. She was nominated by Skaggs Elementary School teacher Kristin Gordon, who said that she learned more in the first few days of Dr. Thibodeaux's writing seminar about teaching writing than she did in all of her undergraduate courses.
- Laura Mullen, Murphy Middle School eighth grade English teacher, team leader and English department chair, was named as the Middle School Teacher of Excellence by the North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, receiving an all-expenses paid trip to the council's conference held in November, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
- Fine Arts Staff Awards
- Kathy Hackett, Plano West Senior High School Choir Director, received the 2014 Choral Excellence Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association.
- Rebecca Bailey, Rasor Elementary Art Specialist, received the 2014 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator Award from the Texas Art Education Association.
- Christine Miller, Williams High School Art Teacher, received the 2014 Outstanding High School Art Educator Award from the Texas Art Education Association.
- Colin McGrane, Plano East Senior High School Art Teacher, received the 2014 Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor Award from the Texas Art Education Association.
- Plano Art Leaders, led by Tracy Evans, Mitchell Elementary School Art Specialist, was awarded the Texas Education Association Award of Excellence for their 2014 Youth Art Month Scrapbook.
- Six fine arts employees were nominated by their peers as 2015 Teachers of the Year at their school campuses:
- Douglas Darracott, Plano West Senior High School AP Studio and Art History
- Beth Carter, Skaggs Elementary Art Specialist
- Jenelle Eberhard, Renner Middle Theatre & Speech
- Wynita Harris, Huffman Elementary Art Specialist
- Tiffany Newsome, Sigler Elementary Art Specialist
- Ben Porter, Beverly Elementary Music Specialist
- Fine Arts Staff Leadership Positions
- Brenda Keen, Hightower Elementary Music Specialist, is serving as president elect of the Southern Division of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
- Kristin Moore, Brinker Elementary Music Specialist, is serving as secretary for Kodály Educators of Texas.
- Kathy Kuddes, Plano ISD Director of Fine Arts, is serving as vice president/president elect of the Texas Music Administrators Conference.
- Gregory Arp, Plano ISD Speech and Theatre Coordinator, is serving as Texas Educational Theatre Association Convention programming chair. He is a founding member of the Texas Theatre Administrators Conference.
- Jeff Turner, former Plano ISD Instrumental Music Coordinator, is serving as orchestra vice president for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.
More Facts about Plano ISD Employees
- 41% -- Plano ISD teachers with advanced degrees
- 11% -- Average years of experience for teaching staff
- $131,000 -- Plano ISD employees' combined donations to 2014 United Way campaign
- $104,000 - Plano ISD employees' combined donations to the 2015 Plano ISD Education Foundation employee giving campaign; single largest donation to the foundation
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