GALLERY: Eanes ISD celebrates its 2020 Educators of the Year

Jennie George was named Eanes Elementary School's 2020 Campus Educator of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)
Jennie George was named Eanes Elementary School's 2020 Campus Educator of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

Jennie George was named Eanes Elementary School's 2020 Campus Educator of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

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Art teacher Kelly Dunning is Forest Trail Elementary School's 2020 Campus Educator of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)
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Leslie Abbott (left), Barton Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher, was named one of Eanes ISD's 2020 Campus Educators of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)
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Sarah Yurko, a drama teacher at Hill Country Middle School, was named one of Eanes ISD's 2020 Campus Educators of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)
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Tracie Mojica, a Bridge Point Middle School fifth-grade teacher, celebrates being named a 2020 Campus Educator of the Year. (Courtesy Eanes ISD)

Facilities may be closed at Eanes ISD due to COVID-19, but the district is still celebrating its outstanding campus educators.

EISD announced its 2020 Campus Educators of the Year on April 20. Nine educators from each campus will now undergo interviews with the Westlake Rotary Club and EISD administration to determine the 2020 District Educator of the Year.

Superintendent Tom Leonard confirmed during an April 14 board study session that those interviews will take place virtually.

“Yes, we are sheltering in place, but we still want to honor our educators of the year,” Leonard said. “There’ll be more announcements to come.”

With social distancing measures in mind, district staff has been congratulating the campus educators of the year with decorated posters, balloons and other celebratory items.



EISD’s 2020 Campus Educators of the Year are as follows:




  • Leslie Abbott, Barton Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher;

  • Tracie Mojica, Bridge Point Middle School fifth-grade teacher;

  • Shannon Hardiman, Cedar Creek Elementary School second-grade and ELA Spanish immersion teacher;

  • Jennie George, Eanes Elementary School first-grade and ELA Spanish immersion teacher;

  • Kelly Dunning, Forest Trail Elementary School art teacher;

  • Brooke Anderson, Valley View Elementary School student support counselor;

  • Sarah Yurko, Hill Country Middle School drama teacher;

  • Fred Benitez, West Ridge Middle School educational partner; and

  • Chris Hanson, Westlake High School educational partner.

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.