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Kristen Curette (middle) from Community Resource Credit Union, presents iPads to Goose Creek CISD Teachers of the Year Angie Johnson (left) from Goose Creek Memorial High School and Anna West from Victoria Walker Elementary.
GCCISD Retiree and Teacher of the Year Gala
By Susan Passmore
Goose Creek CISD recognized retirees and Teachers of the Year at a recent gala at Ross S. Sterling High School. The Theme was “100 Years of Class – Through the Decades” in honor of the 100th anniversary of Goose Creek CISD. The RSS String Quartet, under the direction of Camille Gates, provided music. After the program, guests enjoyed a reception and took photos in front of the 100th Anniversary Quilt, which features a quilt square created by each campus, finished by Sandy Martin, retired GCCISD employee.
Dr. Randal O’Brien welcomed guests and presented a brief history of Goose Creek CISD. Dr. Melissa Duarte announced the retirees, and O’Brien and Pete Pape, board president, presented each one with a clock and a plaque. Retirees honored included Sally Capetillo, counselor at Travis Elementary, 30 years in education, 27 in Goose Creek; Karen Coffey, director of intervention for the district, 43 years in education, 33 in Goose Creek; Terry Coy, assistant principal at San Jacinto Elementary, 40 years in education, all in Goose Creek; Debbie Crow, art teacher at Lamar Elementary, 37 years in education, 27 in Goose Creek and Michelle DuBay, teacher at Ross S. Sterling High School, 22 years in education, four in Goose Creek.
Additional retirees honored were Catherine Huntley, educational diagnostician for Victoria Walker Elementary and Ashbel Smith Elementary, 24 years in education, 12 in Goose Creek; Valery Jackson, social studies teacher at Horace Mann Junior School, 22 years in education, five in Goose Creek; Darrell Kalbitz, business teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, 30 years in education, all in Goose Creek; Eva Padillo, custodian at Highlands Elementary, 22 years in Goose Creek; Connie Piotrowski, special education teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, 21 years in education, all in Goose Creek and Sharon Stults, secretary for the Social Studies Department and Gifted and Talented Education, 33 years with Goose Creek.
The highlight of the event was the naming of the District Teachers of the Year. Anna West from Victoria Walker Elementary, was announced as the District Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Angie Johnson from Goose Creek Memorial High School was named District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Kristen Curette from Community Resource Credit Union presented the two teachers with iPads. Joe Grabo, James Marion and Tesla McCawley, representing the Bayway Auto Group, specifically Bayshore Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram, presented each one with a cap and a key to a car for them to drive during the summer months.
Other elementary Campus Teachers of the Year honored were Jessica Vega, Alamo Elementary; Jackie Brown, Stephen F. Austin Elementary; Neisa Villegas, Dr. Antonio Bañuelos Elementary; Ciara Marks, James Bowie Elementary; Pam Bradford, George Washington Carver Elementary; Stacia Laird, Dr. Johnny T. Clark, Jr. Elementary; Esmeralda Cantu, David Crockett Elementary; Adriana Cienfuegos, Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary; Brandy La Bouve, Harlem Elementary; Robin Edwards, Highlands Elementary; Ofelia Wells, Bonnie P. Hopper Primary; Rovena Moreno, Mirabeau B. Lamar Elementary; Kristin Reyes, San Jacinto Elementary; Janette Kelley, Ashbel Smith Elementary and Amy Serrano, William B. Travis Elementary.
Other secondary Campus Teachers of the Year honored included Teresa Black, Baytown Junior School; Margaret Cayton, Cedar Bayou Junior School; Jennifer Martin, George H. Gentry Junior School; Tracy Gaston Gray, Highlands Junior School; Amanda Majeed Horace Mann Junior School; Valerie Currie, Peter E. Hyland Center; Jennifer Hollis Ashworth, IMPACT Early College High School; Lauren Hoyt, Robert E. Lee High School; Rachel Prettyman, POINT Alternative Center; Janoy Robertson, Ross S. Sterling High School and Ian Sobczak, Stuart Career Tech High School.
The James Becker Thomson Special Education Teacher Kendricka (Kiki) Moore from Goose Creek Memorial High School was recognized by Janna Crow, director of special education. The award was established by Dr. Richard Thomson, a retired ophthalmologist, to honor his late brother James, who benefited from special education services. Moore is the 44th recipient.
Pilar Moreno-Recio, director of bilingual education, recognized Lizzet Austin from Alamo Elementary, District Houston Area Association for Bilingual Educators (HAABE) Bilingual Elementary Teacher of the Year. Austin’s award was accepted by Andrea Zepeda, Alamo principal. Moreno-Recio also recognized Jo Ann Fenley from Crockett Elementary, District HAABE ESL Elementary Teacher of the Year and Caitlin Huebner from Goose Creek Memorial High School, District HAABE ESL Secondary Teacher of the Year.
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