National surveys consistently rank teachers at the top of America’s most admired list and Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Steve Head agreed as he praised Partnership Lake Houston’s teachers of the year for their efforts during the pandemic.
“We all have gratitude for your work. It was not a lost year for our students, despite COVID,” he said during the partnership’s annual teachers of the year celebration, held virtually April 27 for the second year in a row.
Head recalled the teachers who had influenced his decision to become an educator.
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“We value all teachers. They are vital to the fabric of our society,” he said. “We’ve learned how vital teachers are to the mental health of our students. From an early age, teachers influenced me. My dad worked for an oil pipeline company, so we moved every year, and I changed schools every year. Next to my parents, my teachers were the most influential people in my life.”
Head then recalled the many teachers, grade school through college, who influenced him the most including his second-grade teacher who complimented him no matter what grade he received, his fourth-grade teacher who let him read history while everyone else in the class took a nap and his seventh-grade English teacher who taught him the logic behind diagramming and how to read and write logically.
Head recalled his time as a parent in Kingwood with his two daughters attending Humble ISD schools and gave special recognition and thank-you to Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
In applauding and congratulating Lake Houston’s teachers, Head acknowledged that teachers not only make an impact on their students but ultimately make a positive difference in their community for generations.
“I can only imagine the stress that our teachers have been under. We owe you a great deal of gratitude for your work and your personal sacrifice. This past year has not been a lost year,” he said. “Students are still making progress. Very few people can shape as many lives as you do. Think of the students you impact and the generations you impact.”
Head ended by declaring that teachers are leaders in every sense of the word and vital to the success of Lone Star College.
“I put you at the top of my list,” Head said speaking directly to the Lake Houston teachers. “You are my own personal heroes. So, thank-you and congratulations.”
Partnership Lake Houston honored Lake Houston’s teachers with “special deliveries” as partnership volunteers delivered an award, proclamations from area elected officials, gift bags filled with items from the event sponsors and lunch to each honored teacher.
Exceptional teachers who were honored:
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Humble Christian School-Sharaya Christian, Trennece Matlock;
Holy Trinity Episcopal School- Susan Hinson;
San Jacinto College-Sharada Gollapudi;
Lone Star College-Kingwood-Eric Skiles, Jamie Turner, Jared Miller;
Atascocita Springs Elementary - Becky Mines;
Bear Branch Elementary - Brittany Gunn;
Centennial Elementary - Erica Barrera;
Deerwood Elementary - Natalie Kammerdiener;
Eagle Springs Elementary - Angela Yoder;
Elm Grove Elementary - Lilliebeth Halling;
Fall Creek Elementary - Kimberly Andrew;
Foster Elementary - Victoria Kuzminski;
Greentree Elementary - Kristi Roux;
Groves Elementary - Katherine Hutchison;
Hidden Hollow Elementary - Gretchen Kuchta;
Humble Elementary - Erika Gonzalez;
Jack Fields Elementary - Stefanie Mulvaney;
Lakeland Elementary - Hillary Crawford;
Lakeshore Elementary - Brooke Macicek;
Maplebrook Elementary - Heidi Gifford;
North Belt Elementary - Tammi Davis;
Oak Forest Elementary - Brooke Smart;
Oaks Elementary - Brenda Dockens;
Park Lakes Elementary – Kathrine White;
Pine Forest Elementary - Maria Teros;
Ridge Creek Elementary - Diana Carr;
River Pines Elementary - Erin Schlosser;
Shadow Forest Elementary - Rhydonna Anthony;
Summerwood Elementary - Courtney Land;
Timbers Elementary - Susan Vento;
Whispering Pines Elementary - Arrena Svoboda;
Willow Creek Elementary - Emily Porter-Roy;
Woodland Hills Elementary - Whitney Long;
Atascocita Middle - Sharen Severson;
Creekwood Middle - Jennifer Tye;
Humble Middle - Jimmy Moore Jr.;
Kingwood Middle - Leslie Fernandez;
Riverwood Middle - Brittany Gonzalez;
Ross Sterling Middle - Diedra Bates;
Timberwood Middle - Corey Lenon;
West Lake Middle - Olivia McBane;
Woodcreek Middle - Krystal James;
Atascocita High - John Cowen;
Humble High - Rosendo Mendoza;
Kingwood High-Jamie Morris;
Kingwood Park High - Missi Taylor;
Quest Early College High - Ann Dorsey;
Summer Creek High - Dwight Smith;
Community Learning Center - Phaedra Burto.