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San Angelo ISD Announces District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year

Secondary and Elementary Teachers of the Year 2021
Secondary Teacher of the Year 2021 - Sylvia Graves
Elementary Teacher of the Year 2021 - Lena Rivera

San Angelo ISD is proud to announce Lena Rivera as this year's district Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Sylvia Graves as this year’s district Secondary Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Rivera teaches second grade at Fort Concho Elementary, and Mrs. Graves teaches the 18+ vocational program for SAISD. 

Twenty-Four of our San Angelo ISD teachers were nominated by their campus and recognized on April 28th at the 2021 District Celebration for their outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching the children of San Angelo. Prior to the District Celebration, a panel of judges reviewed applicants nominated from each campus and chose Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Graves as our district Teachers of the Year. The district Teachers of the Year were kept a secret until announced at the District Celebration. 

Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Graves exemplify the characteristics within our SAISD Educator Profile through their commitment to providing their students with an inspiring educational experience which prepares their students to be future-ready, whatever that future may be. 

Mrs. Rivera’s colleagues had the following to say about her in her Teacher of the Year nomination application. “Mrs. Rivera engages her students in learning through a multitude of innovative activities. She encourages her students to explore learning through many different facets, such as song, dance and multi-cultural studies. Mrs. Rivera sets expectations for her students in all areas, academic and otherwise. Mrs. Rivera gives each of her students personal attention. She is an advocate for their needs academically, physically, and emotionally.” 

The Teacher of the Year nomination committee comprised of Mrs. Graves’ colleagues had the following to say about her. “Sylvia has made acceptance the expectation, by training adult students with disabilities to succeed in what can sometimes be a harsh world, emphasizing strengths over difficulties. Sylvia focuses on four major principles of independence: career exploration, work based learning, job readiness, and self advocacy. Sylvia has worked endlessly to provide instruction and support for students with disabilities to gain the necessary skills and experiences to successfully transition into competitive integrated employment in a variety of fields.”

Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Graves will now compete for the Region 15 Teacher of the Year. The winner of the Region 15 Teacher of the Year will then be nominated for the Texas Teacher of the Year award. We wish Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Graves the best, and are proud and honored by their service to the students of San Angelo and San Angelo ISD. 

SAISD Campus Teachers of the Year include:

Jillian Houchins, Alta Loma Elementary
Kim Smith, Austin Elementary
Lourdes Pasillas Cuevas, Belaire Elementary
Whitney Crim, Bonham Elementary
Kristi Forsberg, Bowie Elementary 
Jessica Kretschmer, Bradford Elementary
Emily McMorrow, Carver Learning Center
Terrell Parkes, Central High School
Kristin Bailey, Crockett Elementary 
Adriana Mathews, Fannin Elementary
Lena Rivera, Fort Concho Elementary
Shari Garcia, Glenmore Elementary
Adam Chappell, Glenn Middle School
Theresa Maskill, Goliad Elementary
Halie Curtis, Holiman Elementary
Amanda Arnold, Lake View High School
Karen Rastetter, Lamar Elementary
Sylvia Becerra, Lee Middle School
Sindi Grimes, Lincoln Middle School
Chloe Brassie, McGill Elementary
Ruth Sanchez, Reagan Elementary
Sylvia Graves, Sam Houston/Special Programs
Valerie Jones, San Jacinto Elementary
Margaret Zwiebel, Santa Rita Elementary

Thank you to Concho Educators Federal Credit Union President Jerry Merrill and Vice President/CFO Kathy Gonzales for your support of our Teachers of the Year and the donation of the engraved award provided to each winner. Thank you to VividPop for the beautiful balloons which created an extra special gift for our winners on top of the award.

"On behalf of Concho Educators Federal Credit Union, we want to thank all the teachers for their hard work and dedication in teaching our children." said President and CEO of Concho Educators Federal Credit Union Jerry Merrill. "Concho Educators has been sponsoring the Teacher of the Year Awards since 2007 and it gives us great pleasure to recognize Lena Rivera and Sylvia Graves for receiving this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year awards."