Eanes ISD teachers win Educator of the Quarter award


Eanes ISD recognized their College Tutors Educator of the Quarter recipients for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

The purpose of the award is to highlight and recognize middle and high school educators that act as a role model for EISD students, a release said. The award, made with input from the school administration, recognizes educators that personify three core values: Can do, results matter, and leave it better.

Kendall Hiott, College Tutors Educator of the Quarter recipient, and colleagues. (via Courtesy of EISD)

Kendall Hiott
Hill Country Middle School

Hiott has been teaching for 5 years and currently teaches 8th grade U.S. History. “I think it would be challenging to find a career that is both as meaningful and as fun as teaching,” Hiatt said in the release. “My days are filled with laughter, and I never go home feeling like I wasted my time because every second of my day has the potential to make a difference in the life of another person. In addition to that, working alongside educators pretty much guarantees my co-workers are caring and inspiring people.”

Kendall Hiott, College Tutors Educator of the Quarter recipient, and colleagues. (via Courtesy of EISD)

David Hanley
West Ridge Middle School

Hanley has been teaching since 1998 and currently teaches 8th grade ELA and 8th grade Math. Hanley described his teaching style as being interactive with the students. “My ideal classroom is one where the students and the teacher work collaboratively through lessons,” he said in the release. “I practice and scaffold a life-long learning behavior, particularly when a student asks a question I do not have the answer for. I use this opportunity to demonstrate that it is OK not to know everything and then challenge them to discover the answer or solution and take the role of teacher and teach me.”

Leah Pagano, College Tutors Educator of the Quarter recipient, and colleagues. (via Courtesy of Eanes ISD)

Leah Pagano
Westlake High School

Pagano is in her 5th year of teaching and currently teaches AP World History and World History. “I am always proud when the ‘light bulb’ moment occurs,” Pagano said in the release. “(And) when students make a connection between concepts, when they’ve found a real world application for the information they know, or when they’ve used the tools and strategies from my class in order to address another situation or solve a problem. When students share these wins, it always puts a smile on my face.”

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