PHOTOS: Clear Creek ISD, local Rotary clubs celebrate teachers of the year

Six elementary and secondary teachers were honored with the surprise car parades on May 12 and 13. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Six elementary and secondary teachers were honored with the surprise car parades on May 12 and 13. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Six elementary and secondary teachers were honored with the surprise car parades on May 12 and 13. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Families and CCISD administrators gathered in the parking lots of each honoree's respective campus with congratulatory messages on homemade signs. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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CCISD campuses have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, virtually eliminating the possibility of in-person end-of-year celebrations. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Local firefighters and police officers joined in at each campus. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Rotary Club of League City participated in the parades as well. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Amanda Hawkins, who teaches English at Clear Lake High School, is a CCISD alumna herself. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Jerri Klister, who teaches second grade at Ross Elementary School, received the CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year award. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Klister accepted the award May 13 surrounded by family and community members. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hawkins (right) and the other teachers honored were surprised with the parades outside their respective schools. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD administrators and community members had homemade signs, balloons and personal protective equipment in tow as they gathered to celebrate three elementary and three secondary teachers at various district campuses May 12 and 13.

The district typically gathers about 300 people inside a ballroom at South Shore Habour Resort and Conference Center to recognize CCISD teachers around this time each year, but the event will not happen this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Elaina Polsen, the district's chief communications officer, in an email.


Instead, community members and local first responders gathered for parades outside of six different campuses over the course of two days, honoring the district's Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year on the morning of May 13.
By Colleen Ferguson

Reporter, Bay Area

A native central New Yorker, Colleen worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact Newspaper before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. She covers public education, higher education, business and development news in southeast Houston. Colleen graduated in 2019 from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she worked for the university's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange. Her degrees are in journalism and Spanish language and culture. When not chasing a story, Colleen can be found petting cats and dogs, listening to podcasts, swimming or watching true crime documentaries.