Fort Bend ISD recently honored its top teachers and administrators of the year, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication to the students and the district.
Houston, Knox named Principals of the Year
Veteran educators Stephanie Houston and Dee Knox were named Fort Bend ISD’s 2017 Principals of the Year. Houston is the principal at Ridgemont Elementary School and is the Elementary Principal of the Year; and Knox, principal at Dulles Middle School, is the Secondary Principal of the Year.
They were selected by their peers for the honor based on their outstanding leadership, service and dedication to their students and staff.
An educator for more than 23 years, Houston expressed that she is grateful that her peers see her hard work, dedication, and commitment to Ridgemont Elementary and FBISD.
“I am extremely elated and honored to receive the recognition as Principal of the Year in FBISD, and humbled by this acknowledgement because I commit myself to do this awesome work for the students in order for them to succeed,” Houston said. “In my role as a campus leader, I have worked alongside many distinguished principals that I respect and admire.”
Houston also served as the principal at Townewest Elementary for eight years. Prior to that, she worked for Alief ISD as an elementary teacher, math specialist and assistant principal.
Knox officially joined the district in 1993 as a teacher at Austin Parkway Elementary, and then served as assistant principal at Walker Station Elementary. Later, she became the assistant principal at Holley Elementary, where she eventually assumed the role of principal. Currently, she is principal of Dulles Middle School and has already proven she is a great leader.
“I have been blessed to have people in my life that have shaped me into the leader I am today,” Knox shared. “I am grateful to my peers and colleagues that I have worked with, laughed with and from whom I have learned. Being a principal allows me the opportunity to turn around and invest in the lives of students, teachers and parents the way others invested in me. It is my joy and privilege.”
Elementary, Secondary Rookie Teachers of the Year
Fort Bend ISD announces its first-year teachers who have been named the District Elementary and Secondary 2017 Rookie Teachers of the Year. The honorees are first-year teachers who are making a positive difference in the classroom.
The district’s Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year Judging Committees met and reviewed all campus nominations and selected six winners. All of the district campus nominees represent the best new teachers at FBISD.
The FBISD 2017 Rookie Teachers of the Year are:
Elementary Rookie Teachers of the Year: Elizabeth Salcich, Colony Meadows Elementary; Hannah Michel, Madden Elementary; and Courtney Esmond, Mission Glen Elementary.
Secondary Rookie Teachers of the Year: Noemi Rodriguez, Baines Middle School; Brittany Wise, First Colony Middle School; and Trevor Caswell, Willowridge High School.
Bilingual and ESL Teachers of the Year
Each year, Fort Bend ISD’s Multilingual Services invites the district’s elementary and secondary principals to nominate their outstanding Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers to compete in the Houston Area Association for Bilingual Education (HAABE) Teacher of the Year Awards Competition.
Representing FBISD in the competition this year are: Rosa Villeda, FBISD 2017 Bilingual Teacher of the Year – Goodman Elementary; Kennette Bardell, FBISD 2017 Elementary ESL Teacher of the Year – Ridgemont Elementary; and Lili Dibai, FBISD 2017 Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year – Sugar Land Middle School.
Local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year from University of Houston
Clements High School physics teacher Geoffrey Hart is the newly named University of Houston’s Local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes Hart as an exemplary teacher in his field, and as a proud graduate of the PhysTEC institution.
“I am very honored to receive the award. I am glad my professors at UH are still considering me as their nominee and really have no words I can convey to express my gratitude,” Hart said.
According to Monica Plisch, PhyTEC’s Principal Investigator and Beth A. Cunningham, PhyTEC’s Co-Principal Investigator, Hart’s contributions to physics education are significant and impactful on his students, colleagues, school district and state at a time when the nation is in need of highly qualified STEM educators.
“Teaching is certainly something I have always considered ever since I took my own high school physics course,” said Hart.
Hart is a graduate of the University of Houston and started teaching at Clements after graduation in December 2013. In college, Hart was a mathematics major with a physics minor, but he always found his passion in teaching physics over math.
“It is the application of math that intrigues me and being able to introduce complex real life problems.”
As for the recent honor he was given by the university, Hart says he is truly humbled.
“Truthfully, it is a little intimidating to receive the award as I know many brilliant physics teachers who I aspire to live up to. I will do my best to live up to the expectation.”