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Retirees honored at the Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala are (from left) David Aleman, Deanne Cummings, Mary Ann Hayes, Annette Marcus, BJ (Brenda) McCoy, Peggy Ratliff, Cynthia Risner and Rhonda Massengale.
Goose Creek CISD Campus Teachers of the Year, the District HAABE Bilingual/ESL Teacher of the Year and HAABE Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year, and the James Becker Thomson Special Education Teacher of the Year show their awards during the recent Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala, “Master Chefs of Student Success.”
Bekki Bishop from Harlem Elementary is announced as the District Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Troy Flores from the Peter E. Hyland Center is announced as the District Secondary Teacher of the Year at the Goose Creek CISD Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala.
Macie Schubert from Community Resource Credit Union presents iPads to District Teachers of the Year Troy Flores (left) from the Peter E. Hyland Center and Bekki Bishop from Harlem Elementary.
Retirees and Teachers of the Year Honored
By: Susan Passmore
Nine retirees and 31 Teachers of the Year were honored at Goose Creek CISD’s annual Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala at Ross S. Sterling High School. The theme was Master Chefs of Student Success, and teachers had been asked to tell about ingredients in their recipes for success in the classroom to include in the commemorative program.
Retirees recognized were David Aleman from Horace Mann Junior School with 32 years in education, 15 of which were in GCCISD; Arthur “Faye” Brazile-Haley from POINT Alternative Center with 28 years in education, including 21 years in Goose Creek; Deanne Cummings from Ross S. Sterling High School with 16 years of her 29 years in education at GCCISD; Mary Ann Hayes from Horace Mann Junior School with 30 years in GCCISD and 32 years in education; Annette Marcus from Horace Mann Junior School with 26 years in education, including 18 years in GCCISD; BJ (Brenda) McCoy from POINT Alternative Center with 37 years in education, 34 in GCCISD; Peggy Ratliff from Horace Mann Junior with 15 years in education, all in GCCISD; Cynthia Risner from Gentry Junior School with 13 years in GCCISD and 32 years in education and Rhonda Massengale from the Administration Building with 20 years in education, all in GCCISD. They were presented with a plaque and a clock by Randal O’Brien, Goose Creek CISD superintendent, and Pete Pape, board of trustees president.
Janna Crow, director of special education, recognized Becky O’Banion, the James Becker Thomson Special Education Teacher of the Year. Pilar Moreno-Recio recognized Mariana Bailey, GCCISD’s Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) Elementary Bilingual/ESL Teacher of the Year, and Kristie Fudge, HAABE Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year. Adelina Abshire from Beacon Federal Credit Union presented them with a plaque and flowers. Abshire attended GCCISD schools and started school in the bilingual program.
Campus Elementary Teachers of the Year honored were Emily Abilez from Alamo Elementary, Maria Borrego from Stephen F. Austin Elementary, Martha Pacheco from Dr. Antonio Bañuelos Elementary, Leigh Ann Flowers from James Bowie Elementary, Adrian Clark from G.W. Carver Elementary, Melissa Madden-Truncale from Dr. Johnny T. Clark, Jr. Elementary, Wendy Thompson from David Crockett Elementary, Angela Fears from Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary, Bekki Bishop from Harlem Elementary, Michelle Stangle from Highlands Elementary, Jennifer Weymouth from Bonnie P. Hopper Primary, Patricia Santoyo from Mirabeau B. Lamar Elementary, Haley Johnston from San Jacinto Elementary, Heidi Morgan from Ashbel Smith Elementary, Jennifer Simotas from William B. Travis Elementary and Elizabeth Eagle from Victoria Walker Elementary.
Campus Secondary Teachers of the Year honored were Tavia Robertson Gamboa from Baytown Junior, Stacey Mullins from Cedar Bayou Junior, Tara Fountain from George H. Gentry Junior, Kurti Kulkarni from Highlands Junior, Clay Garrison from Horace Mann Junior, Shonna Prentice from Goose Creek Memorial High School, Troy Flores from Peter E. Hyland Center, Erika Camarillo from IMPACT Early College High School, Michael Washburn from Robert E. Lee High School, Pedro Ruiz from POINT Alternative Center, Sarah Herweck from Ross S. Sterling High School and Rex Miller from Stuart Career Tech High School. They were presented with plaques by O’Brien and Pape.
The highlight of the evening was the naming of the District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year by Dr. Melissa Duarte, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Bekki Bishop, fourth-grade English Language Arts, reading and social studies teacher from Harlem Elementary, was selected as District Elementary Teacher of the Year.
“Consistency helps me foster the love of learning in my students,” said Bishop. She was presented with a glass figurine, and Betty Baca, Harlem principal, praised her teaching excellence.
Troy Flores, teacher of all subjects, ninth-12th grades, at Peter E. Hyland Center, was named District Secondary Teacher of the Year.
“New beginnings and a fresh start are ingredients in my recipe,” said Flores. Michelle Verdun, principal at PEH, presented Flores to the audience as a role model for other teachers. He also received a glass figurine.
Macie Schubert from Community Resource Credit Union presented the two District Teachers of the Year with iPads. CRCU also sponsored the programs for the event. Bishop and Flores will advance to the Region 4 Teacher of the Year Competition.
The evening ended with a reception in honor of the retirees and Teachers of the Year, with friends and family leaving messages for retirees and taking photos with the honorees. Aramark catered the event, and Beehive Florist provided the floral arrangements.
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