Griselda Menchaca Named New Teacher of the Year

August 7, 2008

Griselda Menchaca was chosen by the Texas Health Occupations Association as their 2008-2009 Outstanding New Teacher for the State of Texas. Mrs. Menchaca, Health Science Technology I teacher at Lake View High School, is beginning her 4th year with the district. She was recognized in Houston, Texas, July 22-24, 2008 at the Texas Career Education Conference.

Ms. Menchaca was selected for significant contributions toward innovative and unique programs and for her professional commitment early in her career. Nominees must be members of the Association for Career and Technical Education and Texas Health Occupations Association for three consecutive years and must be active at the local and state level.

Mrs. Menchaca was a recipient last year of the San Angelo Area Foundation Teacher's Grant and the Concho Valley Partnership Tech Prep Fair Grant. With her grant allocation, she created the educational and artistic group "Happy Puppets" (Health Awareness Puppets Preparing Youth). "Happy Puppets" has been instrumental in educating local elementary students on health awareness issues.