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Campbell Named as Finalist for State Teacher of the Year

August 22, 2016

Central High School teacher Deborah Campbell was named by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) as one of 3 finalists for the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Video: Deborah Campbell is surprised in her classroom with the news that she has been selected as a finalist for 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year

TASA announced August 22 three Elementary and three secondary educators from across Texas who have been chosen as this year's finalists. Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year finalists include Deborah Campbell, Calvin Lambert from Uvalde CISD, and Sarah Macha from New Caney ISD. Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year finalists include Allison Ashley from Austin ISD, Julie Garza from Edinburg CISD, and LaGay Pittenger from Belton ISD. 

A panel of judges composed of representatives of Texas teacher associations and the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year finalists selected the finalists from the 40 Texas Regional Teachers of the Year — one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Texas Education Service Center regions.

“I congratulate these six outstanding educators who strive every day to make a difference in the lives of students,” said Johnny L. Veselka, executive director of TASA, which has coordinated the Texas Teacher of the Year program since 2011. “They represent the thousands of dedicated educators throughout Texas who diligently work to ensure their students not only master the academic content, but are also prepared to face the future with perseverance, integrity and a love of learning.”

The six finalists will be invited to Austin in October for interviews before a panel of judges composed of representatives of educational leadership associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas Teachers of the Year.

The panel will select two state-level winners — Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year — and designate one to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Oct. 14 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, where the 40 Regional Teachers of the Year will also be recognized.

The Texas Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969. The program, facilitated by TASA since 2011, annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. In 2015, Texas Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD became the second Texas teacher to be named the National Teacher of the Year. Learn more at tasanet.org/texasTOY.

TASA is the professional association for Texas school administrators, providing networking and professional learning opportunities, legislative advocacy, and targeted communications to support the work of superintendents and other school leaders. TASA’s mission is to promote, provide and develop leaders who create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.