Comal, New Braunfels school districts name teachers of the year

The New Braunfels ISD teachers of the year were recognized at the March 18 board of trustees meeting.

The New Braunfels ISD teachers of the year were recognized at the March 18 board of trustees meeting.

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

By Rachel Nelson
Rachel Nelson is editor of the New Braunfels edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covers local business, new development, city and county government, health care, education and transportation. Rachel relocated to Central Texas from Amarillo in 2009 and is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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