Fort Bend ISD announced the names of the district’s 2016 elementary and secondary teachers of the year at its annual Teacher of the Year Awards dinner and program, held April 19 at Safari Texas Ranch.
Cleveland Mouton of Quail Valley Elementary School is the Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Richard Embrick of Crockett Middle School is the Secondary Teacher of the Year.
“Our Teacher of the Year honorees represent the most dedicated, talented and passionate teachers we have in our district,” said FBISD Board President Grayle James. “We are so proud of them and the difference they make to our 74,000 students on a daily basis.”
A third-grade math and science teacher at Quail Valley Elementary School, Mouton has five years of teaching experience. He believes in being a positive role model for his students and equipping them with leadership skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Mouton sets the tone in his classroom each day by being excited about teaching.
Embrick is a seventh-grade robotics and engineering and eighth grade Project Lead the Way teacher at Crockett Middle School. He has seven years of teaching experience, with three at Crockett. Embrick believes that his lessons must connect to the real world so that they have tangible meaning. He knows his students are excited about learning because he is excited about teaching.
“In my educational career, I have had the pleasure of knowing many exceptional, caring, innovative, and talented teachers,” said Charles Dupre, superintendent of schools, “and these two gentlemen are no exception. They represent the best and the brightest in FBISD, and we are honored to recognize them for being the next generation of educators impacting young lives.”
As FBISD’s teachers of the year, Mouton and Embrick each received an engraved crystal award and monetary gift, as well as a Chrome Book and Amazon gift card from the Fort Bend Education Foundation. They will also receive a special teacher of the year ring and complimentary photograph by Steven Leonard, courtesy of the Balfour Company.
The two honorees will now advance to the regional Teacher of the Year competition, with a chance of advancing to the Texas Teacher of the Year Program.
Along with each Campus Teacher of the Year, FBISD also honored its 10 teacher of the year finalists and eight district rookies of the year. Among the finalists were: Elementary level – Elizabeth Carney (Seguin Elementary), Tracy Chevalier (Scanlan Oaks Elementary), Breana Fausett (Dulles Elementary), Myla Razon-Sacayanan (Colony Meadows Elementary) and Robin Switzer (Meadows Elementary); and secondary level – Melanie Bates (First Colony Middle School), Nikki Reed (Ridge Point High School) and Donna Reedy (Clements High School).
The district rookies of the year included: Michelle Svehla (Holley Elementary), Nicole Henderson (Madden Elementary), Sarah Munday (Mission Glen Elementary), Heather Kelley (Quail Valley Elementary), Mayra Miranda (Baines Middle School), Sabah Ali (Dulles Middle School), Katherine Nguyen (Sartartia Middle School) and Aaron Sanderson (Travis High School).