Conroe ISD recognizes Teachers of the Year in virtual ceremony

Conroe ISD named two Teachers of the Year during a virtual celebration May 5. (Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD named two Teachers of the Year during a virtual celebration May 5. (Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

Conroe ISD named two Teachers of the Year during a virtual celebration May 5. (Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, Conroe ISD hosted a virtual celebration May 5 to honor some of this district’s teachers.

Superintendent Curtis Null said although CISD employees and community members are still social distancing from each other, the district still wanted to highlight and celebrate staff members. Each campus principal identified a Rising Star, a new teacher who has made an impact. Campus employees then nominate a Teacher of the Year.

Although each campus recognized its own Teacher of the Year, Null also awarded Secondary and Elementary Teacher of the Year recognitions to Kris Tesh of The Woodlands College Park High School and Krystle Hooper of Rice Elementary, respectively. Both recipients called in and spoke with Null during the virtual celebration.

“We thank you all for the difference you choose to make in the lives of children,” Null said.

Teacher of the Year

  • Yesenia Quintero, Anderson Elementary

  • Rachel Herbert, Armstrong Elementary

  • Jenny Hughey, Austin Elementary

  • Rachel Rapee, Bradley Elementary

  • Amanda Schwausch, Broadway Elementary

  • Laurie Thibodeaux, Buckalew Elementary

  • Nora Prebish, Bush Elementary

  • Elizabeth Louviere, Birnham Woods Elementary

  • Gabriell Salimbene, Creighton Elementary

  • Erica Smith, David Elementary

  • Mariana Woodul, Deretchin Elementary

  • Lashonda Henderson, Ford Elementary

  • Kelsey Cahill, Galatas Elementary

  • AdriaAnn Spaugh, Giesinger Elementary

  • Rene Teater, Glen Loch Elementary

  • Janeen Heffner, Hailey Elementary

  • Toni Hadland, Houser Elementary

  • Marta Reyes, Houston Elementary

  • April Welsh, Kaufman Elementary

  • Sarai Bolaños, Lamar Elementary

  • Martha Sanchez, Milam Elementary

  • Felix Rodriguez, Oak Ridge Elementary

  • Heather Skelton, Patterson Elementary

  • Charlotte Kelley, Powell Elementary

  • Megan Price, Reaves Elementary

  • Krystle Hooper, Rice Elementary

  • Katie Jackson, Ride Elementary

  • Iliana Garza, Runyan Elementary

  • Linda Quintero, San Jacinto Elementary

  • Becky Foster, Snyder Elementary

  • Kelsie Quintana, Stewart Elementary

  • April Vick, Suchma Elementary

  • Suzanne Mitchell, Tough Elementary

  • Misty Petty, Wilkinson Elementary

  • Lisa Scott, Bozman Intermediate

  • Kacie Fenske, Clark Intermediate

  • Erin Osterman, Collins Intermediate

  • Andrew Thompson, Cox Intermediate

  • Nicholas Kral, Cryar Intermediate

  • Tiffany Young, Grangerland Intermediate

  • Amy Hickman, Mitchell Intermediate

  • Laura Hamilton, Travis Intermediate

  • Elizabeth Pledger, Vogel Intermediate

  • April Stonebreaker, Wilkerson Intermediate

  • Dillon Holm, Irons Junior High

  • Kristin Ryan, Knox Junior High

  • Lynne Archer, McCullough Junior High

  • Rachael Pawlik, Moorhead Junior High

  • Caitlin Silva, Peet Junior High

  • Stephanie Lowery, Washington Junior High

  • Jacquelyn King, York Junior High

  • Barbara Baker, The Academy for Careers in Engineering and Sciences

  • Larry Peterson, The Academy for Science and Health Professions

  • Sara Fox, The Academy for Science and Technology

  • Nick Eppinette-Smith, Caney Creek High School

  • Tarell Williams, Conroe 9th Grade Campus

  • Benjamin Cheney, Conroe High School

  • Eric Joyce, Grand Oaks High School

  • Steven Barrett, Hauke High School

  • Emily Vaculik, Oak Ridge 9th Grade Campus

  • Theresa Neman, Oak Ridge High School

  • Christy Shows, The Woodlands 9th Grade Campus

  • Riqui Boyles, The Woodlands High School

  • Kris Tesh, The Woodlands College Park High School

To watch the entire ceremony, click here.

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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