The Dallas Cowboys bus rolled onto three Frisco ISD campuses this week to surprise teachers with giant checks, a personalized jersey and notepads from Reliant Energy.
Lebanon Trail High School CTE teacher and coach Triston Crook, Maus Middle School girls athletic coordinator Lindsey Kazanski and Frisco High School Spanish teacher Diana Ray were each recognized by the Cowboys and Reliant Energy as a Cowboys Class Act winner in an outdoor presentation in front of the school.
Mascots with the Cowboys and Reliant presented each teacher with a $3,000 check to be used on a campus initiative of their choice.
The teachers were nominated by colleagues who submitted glowing remarks in their honor.
Crook was recognized by a colleague for the positive impact he has had at Lebanon Trail. He has a positive rapport with students and staff that is contagious, whether on the football field or in the classroom. On the football field, he has a passion for competition, but also for working with students and helping them realize their full potential. He is a role model to both students and staff.
“I am excited and grateful for the recognition,” Crook said. “We teachers put in countless hours to help students while trying to make sure that we make everything as normal as possible in a year like none other.”
Kazanski is in her 11th year at Maus and couldn't hold back her emotions when the Cowboys pulled up. She was nominated by a colleague who explained that Kazanski is an exemplary teacher and coach who sets high but achievable standards for students. She is always the first to compliment someone to lift them up and cares deeply for her students. She works closely with her students to build up their knowledge base of healthy lifestyles and encourages their love for movement and sports.
“I feel so appreciated and I’m thrilled that we now have $3,000 that can be spent to benefit all students on the campus through the athletics program,” Kazanski said. “I’m a lifelong Cowboys fan and I’m so happy to be a recipient of this honor!”
Ray has been a teacher in Frisco ISD for eight years and enjoys connecting with kids and guiding them to create their own future. She was nominated by two colleagues at Frisco High who explained that she is supportive of students and colleagues. She inspires change on campus and in her students. She motivates them to pursue their dreams and serve others through language learning, while instilling in them compassion and appreciation for different cultures. She makes a positive impact on the campus, in the District and throughout the community.
“I am so honored to be recognized, but it’s really a testament to the work of all of us teachers and what we have accomplished this school year,” Ray said. “While this year has been challenging, teachers are making history and creating innovative ways to reach students while meeting their academic and social-emotional needs.”
Congratulations to all three of the recipients who are clearly representative of what makes #FISDStrongerTogether! Community members are welcome to nominate Frisco ISD staff on the Cowboys website.