Two Comal ISD teachers were recognized as the district’s teachers of the year at the annual Night of Stars banquet held at the Freiheit Village Venue in Creekside on Feb. 26.

Hoffmann Lane Elementary School teacher Rishanne Frech was selected to represent the elementary campuses, and Spring Branch Middle School coach Tyler Clements was selected to represent secondary schools.

In New Braunfels ISD, several campus teachers of the year were recognized at the March 18 school board meeting. According to a news release, each will be considered for NBISD elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year. From that level, they will advance to the regional competition with hopes of ultimately being named a Texas Teacher of the Year. According to the district, the Teacher of the Year recognition program is intended to honor excellence in the classroom and provide a forum to showcase outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the community they serve. The honorees are as follows:

NBISD elementary teachers of the year



  • Carl Schurz Elementary: Shelby Atchley, dual language

  • County Line Elementary: Meghann Bourgeois, fifth grade

  • Klein Road Elementary: Shari Ayala, kindergarten

  • Lamar Elementary: Mary Skidmore, special education

  • Lone Star Early Childhood Center: Sonya Dominguez, prekindergarten

  • Memorial Elementary: Eileen Lyman, first grade

  • Seele Elementary: Velva Fischer, kindergarten

  • Veramendi Elementary: Brinda Soto, first grade

  • Voss Farms Elementary: Courtney Nauert, reading and writing

  • Walnut Springs Elementary: Maribel Holtz, music


NBISD secondary teachers of the year



  • New Braunfels Middle School: Judith Griscom, math

  • Oak Run Middle School: Camilla Hubbard, social studies

  • Ninth Grade Center: Trent Wenzel, world geography

  • New Braunfels High School: David Eckert, band