Dr. Elizabeth Fagen

Lake Houston Area Chamber to honor 60 area educators on October 18 at Teachers of the Year luncheon


The Lake Houston Area Chamber will honor teachers from Humble ISD, schools east of I-45 in Spring ISD, area private schools and Teachers of Excellence from Lone Star College at the Teachers of the Year luncheon presented by Light of the World Christian Fellowship on Tuesday, October 18 the Humble Civic Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Sixty teachers will be honored for their work in education at the event. The selection process took place in the spring with one educator from each campus selected by their peers as that campus’ Teacher of the Year. The superintendents from each school district and the president of Lone Star College will recognize each of their teachers with an award of appreciation.


Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, superintendent of Humble ISD will speak at the event to honor the educators of our children. Born and raised in Iowa, Fagen was the daughter of a public school educator. Naturally, she spent many evenings and weekends with her mother at school events.


"Education is something that is a part of who I am, and really always have been," Fagen said.


In 2016, Humble ISD's reputation for outstanding schools that serve the whole child attracted her to the district. She and her husband Matt, an engineer, have two school- age daughters. They love the Lake Houston Area and its longstanding reputation for supporting education.


Sponsors for the luncheon include Platinum Sponsor Mathnasium of Humble, Award Sponsor Community Resource Credit Union and Gold Sponsors Joiner Architects, Walden on Lake Houston and Waste Connections of Texas.


The deadline to register for the luncheon is Friday, October 14. The cost is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for guests. After the deadline, registration is subject to availability and will be $35 for Chamber members and $40 for guests. To register, go to LakeHouston.org or call the Chamber at 281-446-2128.


Honorary teachers include:


Humble ISD – Teachers of the Year


Atascocita Springs Elementary - Jennifer King, 3rd Grade


Bear Branch Elementary - Meghan Goodman, 1st Grade


Deerwood Elementary - Donna Acosta, 3rd Grade


Eagle Springs Elementary - Samesia Hamlett, Special Education


Elm Grove Elementary - Sarah Watson, Kindergarten


Fall Creek Elementary - Aaron Austin, 5th Grade


Foster Elementary - Kelly Tomasino, 5th Grade


Greentree Elementary - Julia Arcuri, 4th Grade


Hidden Hollow Elementary - Glenda Taylor Carlos, 4th Grade




Humble Elementary - Giselle Torres, Kindergarten


Jack Fields Elementary - Maria Teros, 4th Grade


Lakeland Elementary - Sarah Szczepaniec, 5th Grade


Lakeshore Elementary - Courtney Turner, 1st Grade


Maplebrook Elementary - Wendy Walker, 1st Grade


North Belt Elementary - Lorena Curiel, 1st Grade Bilingual


Oak Forest Elementary - DeLynn Buchanan, Special Education


Oaks Elementary - Helen Suan, 2nd Grade


Park Lakes Elementary - Darrell Rogers, Special Education


Pine Forest Elementary - Jennifer Howard, 5th Grade


Ridge Creek Elementary - Patrick Andrus, 5th Grade


River Pines Elementary - Beatriz Anaya, 2nd Grade Dual Language


Shadow Forest Elementary - Julie Chriswell, Special Education


Summerwood Elementary - Courtney Breeding, Kindergarten


Timbers Elementary - Laura Smith, 2nd Grade


Whispering Pines Elementary - Merideth Seiler, Kindergarten


Willow Creek Elementary - Joylyn Trigg, Kindergarten


Woodland Hills Elementary - Samantha Morgenroth, 4th Grade


Atascocita Middle - Tedisha Jack, Science


Creekwood Middle - Michelle McCrary, Social Studies


Humble Middle - Tischia Gordan Special Education


Kingwood Middle - Skye Kenny, Math


Riverwood Middle - Sarah Zerface, Special Education


Ross Sterling Middle - Falisa Watson, RELA


Timberwood Middle - Brooke Twing, Reading Strategies


Woodcreek Middle - Darryl Legaspi, Science


Atascocita High - Virgilio Davis, Spanish, Art


Humble High - Brandy Rood, Theatre Arts


Kingwood High - Rex Wolf, Math


Kingwood Park High - Glenn A. Taylor III, Physics


Quest Early College High - Angela Morales, Spanish


Summer Creek High - Julie Sahmel, Student Leadership


Cambridge School - Jeremy Traughber, MOSAIC


Career & Technology Ed. Center - David Srubar, Technology and Business


Disciplinary Alternative Ed. Program - Vernon Massey, 6th – 12th Grade


Spring ISD – Teachers of the Year


Wendy Lindsey - Salyers Elementary School


Holly Pusok - Burchett Elementary School


Roberto Martin Soracco - Cooper Elementary School


Charles E. Dorsey Jr. - Hirsch Elementary School


Kenny Moses - Jenkins Elementary School


Francis Burgarin - McNabb Elementary School


Lori Douglass - Northgate Elementary School


Brittani Hatten - Booker Elementary School


Lindsey McCullough - Dueitt Middle School


Chase Gregory Jones - Twin Creeks Middle School


Sara McLain - Spring High School


Humble Christian School – Teachers of the Year


Wanda Puckett – Elementary


Renessa Washington – High School


Holy Trinity Episcopal School – Teachers of the Year


Kerri Pakalnis




Lone Star College – Kingwood – Teachers of the Year


Steve Davis – Professor of History


Lisa Darling – Professor of English

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