The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education honored more than 40 educators at its ninth annual Teacher of the Year Awards Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the UTPA Community Engagement and Student Success Building.
UTPA and College administrators praised the elementary and secondary school teachers of the year for their dedication to educating students and presented plaques and other gifts to them. The College also awarded its Teacher Legend Award to Gloria Judy Saca-Diaz, who taught for 19 years at two elementary schools in the Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District.
Pictured from left to right standing are: UTPA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez; UTPA Department Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership Dr. Velma Menchaca; UTPA Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Joy Esquierdo; UTPA College of Education Dean Dr. Salvador Hector Ochoa; UTPA Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Veronica Estrada; and McAllen Independent School District Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Rachel Arcaute.
Pictured from left to right sitting are: former Teacher Legend Award recipient Wayne Miller; current Teacher Legend Award recipient Judy Saca-Diaz; and former Teacher Legend Award recipients Sylvia Alvarado and Criselda J. Guerra.
This year's Teacher of the Year award winners are:
Brownsville ISD: Oralia M. Quiroz, Cynthia Shears
Donna ISD: Karla Montes, Denise Gray
Edcouch-Elsa ISD: Gloria Treviño, Yaneth Torres
Edinburg CISD: Norma Liza Azua, Rachel Kennett
Harlingen ISD: Roxanna Shimotsu, Keith DiSantis
Hidalgo ISD: Angelica Guanzon, Osiris Hernandez
La Feria ISD: Rita Castañeda
La Joya ISD: Brenda Ochoa, Dalia Aleman
La Villa ISD: Natalie Maldonado, Jesus Garcia
Laredo ISD: Thelma Tenorio, Baltazar Vichareli
Los Fresnos CISD: Shelby D. Crouch, Beatrice V. Carlos
Lyford CISD: Yvette Robles
McAllen ISD: Katherine Moore, Patricia Serviere
Mercedes ISD: Andres Reyna Jr., Hector Joshua Galindo
Mission CISD: Victor Alonzo, Rosbel Peña
PSJA ISD: Laura Treviño-Rodriguez, Rolando Balotro
Point Isabel ISD: Lily Gonzalez
Rio Grande City CISD: Belinda Nuñez-Peña, Juan Luis Andrade Jr.
Roma ISD: Noe Salinas, Corey Graves
San Isidro ISD: San Juanita Vela, Celinda Alvarado
San Perlita ISD: Adrian Montemayor, Crustal Rodriguez
Sharyland ISD: Melissa Clarke, Diane Smedley
Webb CISD: Arturo G. Lozano
Weslaco ISD: Yadira Rodriguez, Belen Torres
Zapata ISD: San Juana Vicenta Garza, Elizabeth Gonzalez