District Celebrates Campus Teacher of the Year Honorees

Nov 18, 2021

Teachers of the Year Logo.

Educating students for the future they will help create is a passion of educators across Frisco ISD, and there is no greater asset to the community than those educators who not only inspire students but also their peers.

Each year, Frisco ISD teachers nominate and vote for their peers in honor of the annual Campus Teacher of the Year recognition. This year, 43 elementary and 31 secondary educators have been selected by their peers. 

Each Campus Teacher of the Year proudly represents the District’s mission and beliefs while being a role model for their colleagues. 

Campus Teachers of the Year are eligible to apply for the District Teacher of the Year award in elementary or secondary categories. Last year’s winners were Newman Elementary Kindergarten teacher Cathy May and Frisco High School economics teacher Melody Nicholson. Learn more about them.

The process for Teacher of the Year selection is based on criteria from the Texas Association of School Administrators. Each Campus Teacher of the Year will submit an application, which includes a resume, two essay responses and two letters of recommendation, in hopes of being selected as the FISD Elementary or Secondary Teacher of the Year.

A selection committee will review the applications anonymously and use a rubric to score the responses. The selection committee is made up of representatives from the Frisco Area Retired School Personnel, the Frisco ISD Council of PTAs and Frisco Education Foundation Business and community leaders are also part of the selection committee.

Campus Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration that will be held in March at The Star. The 2021-22 Frisco ISD Campus Teachers of the Year include:

Elementary

  • Allen 5th grade teacher Sharla Izzarelli

  • Anderson special education teacher Sonu Kapoor

  • Ashley GT teacher Alisa Matherne

  • Bledsoe 2nd grade teacher Kathy Loya

  • Boals 5th grade teacher Angie Nieto

  • Borchardt 5th grade teacher Meridith Haveman

  • Bright Academy 5th grade teacher Layne Wadlington

  • Carroll math teacher Stacey Guevara

  • Christie kindergarten teacher Jodi Morrison

  • Comstock 1st grade teacher Phoebe Harbour

  • Corbell art teacher Melissa Gonzales

  • Curtsinger 4th grade teacher Alyssa Hughes

  • Early Childhood School special education teacher Emily Payton-Duff

  • Elliott 3rd grade teacher Paige Chaffin

  • Fisher 5th grade teacher Evonne Wallace

  • Gunstream 1st grade teacher Kasey Beamis

  • Hosp kindergarten teacher Lara Weinke

  • Isbell dyslexia therapist Angela Morris

  • Liscano music teacher Shannon Strader

  • McSpedden kindergarten teacher Heidi Kendle

  • Miller PE teacher Carrie Partain

  • Mooneyham special education teacher Jennifer Rappaport

  • Newman 1st grade teacher Dulce Soto

  • Nichols 4th grade teacher Jennifer Freeman

  • Norris 1st grade teacher Sheba George

  • Ogle 1st grade teacher Orczy Yerkie

  • Phillips 5th grade teacher Rona Browning

  • Pink librarian Vanessa Rivas

  • Purefoy 3rd grade teacher Mary Ann Miller

  • Riddle 3rd grade teacher Natalie Fletcher

  • Robertson 3rd grade teacher Madison Kittay

  • Rogers 3rd grade teacher Andrea Burney

  • Scott music teacher Jessica Quinlan

  • Sem 4th grade teacher Colleen Adams

  • Shawnee Trail kindergarten teacher Amy Christian

  • Smith 1st grade teacher Midge Schmidt

  • Sonntag resource teacher Stefanie DeWolf

  • Sparks 5th grade teacher Michele Weeks

  • Spears special education teacher Kammie Trahan

  • Tadlock art teacher Derek White

  • Talley kindergarten teacher Amy Eckstein

  • Taylor kindergarten teacher Danielle Pruett

  • Vaughn 1st grade teacher Soo Cho

Secondary

  • Centennial HS English teacher Cody Chamberlain

  • Clark MS ESL interventionist Mauri Greener

  • Cobb MS CTE teacher Lisa Longenecker

  • CTEC agricultural science teacher Kris Schertz

  • Emerson HS math teacher Michael Garcia

  • Fowler MS science teacher Erik Peterson

  • Frisco HS English teacher Melanie Newberry

  • Griffin MS math teacher Mandi Bateman

  • Heritage HS dance teacher Sydne Estel

  • Hunt MS resource teacher Cezanne Shannon

  • Independence HS English teacher Thomas Ray

  • Lawler MS social studies teacher Allison Grube

  • Lebanon Trail HS theatre teacher John Davenport

  • Liberty HS resource teacher Cynthia Kays

  • Lone Star HS French teacher Christina Thomas

  • Maus MS math teacher Kyle Andrew

  • Memorial HS CTE teacher Lauren Renshaw

  • Nelson MS special education teacher Denise Tarango

  • Online RAIL math teacher Andrew Forbus

  • Pearson MS life skills teacher Sherrye Richardson

  • Pioneer Heritage MS math teacher Kristin Moses

  • Reedy HS CTE teacher Danny Crites

  • Roach MS math teacher Chelsea Richards

  • Scoggins MS math lab teacher Kimberly Minn

  • Stafford MS band director Laura Bell

  • Staley MS teacher/coach Jon Maupin

  • Student Opportunity Center math/science teacher Les Baker

  • Trent MS history teacher Melissa Carpenter

  • Vandeventer MS ILA teacher Diana Park

  • Wakeland HS social studies teacher Amy Moncrief

  • Wester MS art teacher Ransom White

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