Excellence in Education Awards honor top teachers

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United Way of Midland and other community partners came together last week to honor the hard work of the men and women of schools in Midland County.

The annual event, sponsored and underwritten by local foundations and businesses, recognizes area educators and support staff who go above and beyond in local classrooms and campuses. Awards included Elementary School Teacher of the Year, High School Teacher of the Year, Unsung Hero, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Veteran Teacher of the Year and Campus year.

“This is one of those nights where we come to celebrate and honor the teachers, administrators and staff of schools across Midland County – across MISD, Greenwood ISD and our private schools,” said Emily Holeva, President of the Excellence in Education Awards 2022.


IDEA Travis Elementary, Houston Collegiate Prep, Midland Christian and St. Ann’s were among the schools that did not submit nominations, according to event organizers.

Excellence in Education Award Winners

Elementary Teacher of the Year: Jane Bledsoe, Henderson Elementary

Secondary Teacher of the Year: Amanda Byars, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Unsung Heroine: Wendy Dailing, Jones Elementary

Private Teacher of the Year, Delanna Thomas, Hillcrest School

Innovator: Terri Pitts, Bush Elementary

Rookie Teacher of the Year: Jenna Waldschmidt, James Brooks Middle School

Veteran Teacher of the Year: Amanda Salcedo, Abell Junior High

Campus: Elementary School Gen. Franks

Professor of the Year and Unsung Hero by Campus

Abell Junior High

  • Teacher of the year: Karine Rodriguez
  • unsung hero: Jaclynn Ornelas

Alamo Junior High

  • Teacher of the year: Lyndi Cypher Harrison
  • unsung hero:Arturo Garcia

Elementary Bonham

  • Teacher of the year: Griselda Rosales
  • unsung hero: Christina Tambunga

Bowie Academy of Fine Arts

  • Teacher of the year: Chelsie Champagne
  • unsung hero: Frances Matsinger

Elemental Bunch

  • Teacher of the year: Guadalupe Ramirez
  • unsung hero: Martina Luevano

Burnet Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Abel V. Torres
  • unsung hero: Luis Loya

elementary bush

  • Teacher of the year: Susan Farmer
  • unsung hero: Cheryl Crawford

sculpture center

  • Teacher of the year: Tereza Wihebrink
  • unsung hero: Brandy Walkup

Coleman High School

  • Teacher of the year: Marla Schneider

DeZavala Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Rosalinda Lares
  • unsung hero: Joyce Flores

Start of secondary school

  • Teacher of the year: Taylor Hudgins
  • unsung hero: Sylvia Marquez

Emerson Primary School

  • Teacher of the year: Dulce Salinas
  • unsung hero: Patricia Deloera

Fannin Primary School

  • Teacher of the year: Haley Goodman
  • unsung hero: Bobbie Williams

Fasken Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Andrea Schluter

General Franks Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Christie Mendoza
  • unsung hero: Summer Aguilar

Goddard High School

  • Teacher of the year: Malhi Armijo
  • unsung hero: Maria Hernandez

Great Elemental House

  • Teacher of the year: Shawnie Martin
  • unsung hero: Heather Robinson

Greenwood Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Sarah Robson
  • unsung hero: Heather Robinson

Raised of Greenwood

  • Teacher of the year: Nancy Compton
  • unsung hero: Natalie Jerez

Intermediate Greenwood

  • Teacher of the year: Kendy Repak
  • unsung hero: Gabriella Herrera

Henderson Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Jane Bledsoe
  • unsung hero: Adalina Torres Borrego

Hillcrest School

  • Teacher of the year: Delanna Thomas

James R Brooks College

  • Teacher of the year: Lawren Robertson
  • unsung hero: Emilee Easter

Jones Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Molly Connolly
  • unsung hero: Wendy Daily

Lamar Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Kaylynn Awbrey
  • unsung hero:Kristie Maguire

Legacy Freshman

  • Teacher of the year: Heidi Kirk
  • unsung hero: Estela Villafranco

High Legacy

  • Teacher of the year: Kelli Benavidez
  • unsung hero:Judy Castro

Midland Academy Charter

  • Teacher of the year: Breeding of Melinda
  • unsung hero: Kristian Wanner

Midland Alternative

  • Teacher of the year: Danika Contreras
  • unsung hero: Virginie Franco

Freshman from Midland

  • Teacher of the year: Laurie Archer
  • unsung hero: Becky Sanchez

upper midland

  • Teacher of the year: John Barfield
  • unsung hero: James Green

elementary parker

  • Teacher of the year: Rebecca Garza
  • unsung hero: Megan Langdon

Pease Communications and Technology

  • Teacher of the year: Sarah Durand
  • unsung hero: Luz Zuluaga

Elemental Rusk

  • Teacher of the year: Cary Garton

San Jacinto High School

  • Teacher of the year: Sarah Whitefield
  • unsung hero: Alicia Marlowe

Santa Rita Elementary School

  • Teacher of the year: Shana Vourazeris
  • unsung hero: Erin Nanney

Scharbauer primary school

  • Teacher of the year: Stephanie Cook
  • unsung hero: Kimberly Windham

Primary South

  • Teacher of the year: Luz Arenivas
  • unsung hero:Carine Thomas

Trinity School

  • Teacher of the year: Elizabeth Adamson

Washington STEM Academy

  • Teacher of the year: Chelsey Wood
  • unsung hero: Michele Hepfer

Yarbrough Primary School

  • Teacher of the year: Ana McIntyre

Young Women’s Leadership Academy

  • Teacher of the year: Amanda Byers
  • unsung hero: Peggy Lowe

Source: Excellence in Education Awards 2022

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