Eleven teachers, each representing a Weatherford ISD campus, were recognized April 29 at the WISD Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Luncheon at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
Emceed by Dave Cowley, a former WISD Board of Trustees member and Education Foundation member, teachers from each campus who won their school’s teacher of the year honors were introduced and given goody bags containing various items donated by businesses.
Prior to each teacher coming forward, Cowley read excerpts from their personal statements as to why they became teachers and/or what they think drives them to continue teaching. Cowley once again reiterated his admiration for teachers and explained how times were different than when he was a young boy in school.
“It’s a thankless job but today we get to thank you for all you do,” he said. “When I was in school, there was no parent/teacher conference because my parents held me accountable for the zero I got for not turning in my homework or the test I failed because I didn’t study.”
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He commended the educators for their “selflessness and tireless” work to make sure every child received the education they deserved.
Campus “Teachers of the Year” included Kendall Berry, Austin Elementary; Lauren Davis, Crockett Elementary; Amanda Rogers, Curtis Elementary; Kerry Baker, Ikard Elementary; Carrie Bosco, Martin Elementary; Linda Rogers, Seguin Elementary; Stephanie Jester, Wright Elementary; Rita Evans, Hall Middle School; Jason Burton, Tison Middle School; Linda Bourland, Ninth Grade Center; and Ben Naglieri, Weatherford High School.
Curtis Elementary third grade teacher Amanda Rogers was also named WISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and ninth grade teacher Linda Bourland received WISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year honors. Rogers received a check in the amount of $1,500 from Texas Bank Financial President and CEO Mark Riebe, and Bourland received a certificate in the amount of $1,500 cash or $3,000 off the purchase of a new car from Jerry’s Auto Group Representative Donna Dickinson.
The luncheon was underwritten by First Financial Bank.
Both elementary and secondary teachers of the year will represent Weatherford ISD at the Regional Teacher of the Year level.
Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104