Nominate a GPISD Excellent Educator Today!

Check out some of the excellent educators in GPISD. We are always accepting nominations for EXCELLENT EDUCATORS, so if you know someone who works in our district and goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide a first class learning environment to our students we want to know! We are happy to accept nominations on ANYONE who works in GPISD in a department or position such as grounds, student nutrition, custodial services, campus personnel, administrators and more. Please complete the form to submit your excellent educator today! Nominate today

 

Jordan Harris- North Shore 9th Grade Center

I am nominating Ms. Harris because of her dedication to her students and her passion for teaching. She goes above and beyond for her students and her fellow teachers, and is always trying to find new strategies to use in her classroom that will help her students be successful. She is a wonderful teacher, and I am lucky to have her on my team!

Nominated by:

Shellie Saenz
Educator

Patricia Cooper- Jacinto City Elementary

She is AMAZING! She is always on task with her students. Mrs. Cooper provides lots of extra activities for them that are educational and she teaches them self-independence. She is a very dedicated individual who has taught many years at JCE.

Nominated by:

Anonymous parent

Damon Galloway- North Shore Senior High

Mr. Galloway, who is also my husband, has given so much to his students. I am not nominating him just because he is my husband but because of what he does for these kids. He goes above and beyond to make sure they are getting the tools they need to be successful. He keeps up with them once they graduate, he even gives them life lessons on a flash drive that they can't open until they graduate, he believes in these kids and treats them as if they are all his own. He gives them respect and in return they do the same. I am always telling him that he should be an AP but he says his heart is in the classroom. This is his 10th year as an educator and they have all been at North Shore Senior, and he will continue his calling.

Nominated by:

Bridgette Galloway
Educator

Dawn Cazenave- Williamson Elementary

She is the best teacher hands down. She genuinely loves her students and teaches not only academics but self confidence in what they are learning. In the first couple of months, my child learned to read pretty efficiently. She also keeps me informed on my child’s progress. My child loves learning because Mrs. Cazenave makes it enjoyable. Mrs. Cazenave is the best!

Nominated by:

Veronica Pruitt
Parent

Tracey Gray- Purple Sage Elementary

Ms. Gray is an outstanding teacher. She goes above and beyond the call of duty daily to make sure her students are successful. She is kind and generous. After Hurricane Harvey, she solicited donations for her students to ensure they had school supplies. She has a huge heart and LOVES her students. May God bless and keep you Ms. Gray.

Nominated by:

Anonymous Educator

America Garza- Woodland Acres Elementary

America is a great teacher! She is passionate about her students and motivates them to reach their goals. She is a great team player and always wears a smile (I've never seen her upset). We are so pleased with her students' progress! Thank you for making WAES a great place to work.

Nominated by:

Anonymous Educator

Penny Taylor- North Shore 9th Grade Center

Ms. Taylor has developed the Agriculture class into an exciting class that benefits our campus in so many ways. She has made our campus beautiful with all of the gorgeous plants and greenery. Her students enjoy their studies and enjoy the outdoor education. She lets the students be involved and take ownership by letting them use the tiller, adding earthworms to the gardens, and then sampling all of the delicious vegetables and herbs that come out of the garden. Her vision is always increasing as she finds more ways to instill the wonder and love of agriculture to her students and the staff. She is always so helpful to everyone on campus. She is a problem solver and always offers assistance and advice.

Nominated by:

Charlotte Rogers
Educator

Ann Semler- North Shore Senior High

Ms. Semler is the kind of person that you can always count on to get the job done. She leads our Student Council to do a beautiful job decorating, organizing, and running homecoming smoothly every year. She teaches our students the value of community service through the projects that they do for Galena Park ISD and our city at-large. When she is not working with our Student Council, you'll see her supporting our auxiliary groups at football games, score-keeping at basketball games, and organizing our students at the National Honor Society Induction. Among the staff, she has the reputation of knowing answers to questions and having impeccable work. I sincerely want to thank Ms. Semler for her commitment to our school and the support that she provides to our kids to help them become well-rounded individuals.

Nominated by:

An anonymous educator

Brooke Griffis- ACE

I am constantly amazed when I remember that Ms. Griffis is a first year teacher. She is a wealth of knowledge! She works diligently to make sure that her New Arrival Students get all of the help they need. She is an advocate for them at every turn. She doesn't mind stepping up to the plate to help out her colleagues or her students. GPISD is truly lucky to have such an incredible teacher!

Nominated by:

Sherri Riddle
Educator

Page Berglan- MacArthur Elementary

During the aftermath of Harvey, several GPISD employees stepped up to help others by giving their time and energy to help those effected by the storm, but Ms. Berglan went above and beyond. Page somehow teamed up with a group from Mississippi who wanted to give goods to hurricane victims. She orchestrated efforts to give items donated from different organizations and the Mississippi volunteers to be distributed at two campuses in our district, Mac Arthur Elementary & North Shore Elementary. The turnout of people in need from the community was phenomenal! I feel that Ms. Berglan definitely is a blessing to our GPISD family and is worthy of being recognized by being presented with this award.

Nominated by:

John Killough
Educator

Vicente Huerta- Cunningham Middle School

Mr. Huerta teaches 7th grade math at Cunningham Middle! He makes learning fun for his students to help them understand math better. My child’s grade has improved significantly since being in Mr. Huerta's class.

Nominated by:

An anonymous parent

Sarah Molitor- Galena Park Elementary

In such a short period of time, Ms. Molitor has made a big difference in my daughter’s first year of school. She has by far exceeded all my expectations in a teacher. To say that my daughter has cried to not miss school on a sick days goes to show more than words. I don’t interact much with Ms. Molitor due to my work schedule but I absolutely love her! “It takes a big Heart to help shape little minds” & that is exactly what she is doing. She is a great teacher!

Nominated by:

An anonymous parent

Terry Briggs- Cobb Sixth Grade Campus

I have been very impressed by Mr. Briggs. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. Briggs helps out with B lunch dismissal even though he is not on duty, tutors students for math and helps with science club competitions in a morning. He takes students to compete on weekends and keeps his team in check. He has high expectations of his students and his students respect him. It has been my pleasure to work with him as a team leader and math teacher. Mr. Briggs, you exemplify what it is to be a Cobb Cougar. Keep up the great work!

Nominated by:

Melissa Arneaud Ali
Educator

Maria Flores- Pyburn Elementary

Mrs. Flores for the excellent educator award because she goes above and beyond for ALL of her students! Mrs. Flores takes the time to ensure all her students become successful.

Nominated by:

Anonymous Parent

Jessica Stoddard- Cimarron Elementary

Mrs. Stoddard has always gone above and beyond for her students. She gives and expects nothing in return. She makes you feel welcomed and is open to working together as a team in order to help the child be the best student in her class. The assistance and effort you give is remarkable. Thank you.

Nominated by:

Carol
Parent

Morgan Lossow- North Shore Middle School

This educator always arrives early to work with students, prepare the announcements, and help others who are in need of assistance. She is always at the pep rallies, football and basketball games! Ms. Lossow teaches our students to be the best they can be and always puts 110% effort into her career. She is a sweet, caring person who deserves to be recognized.

Nominated by:

Hannah Gorse
Educator

Crystal Noris- Williamson Elementary

Mrs. Noris is the general education teacher for a couple of my PPCD students. She is proactive in their needs, making sure she knows their IEP goals and utilizes data sheets. Her teaching style is conducive to the needs of these students. She actively engages them and always using their visual aides to provide the best learning environment. Kudos to Mrs. Noris!!

Nominated by:

LeeAnn Flores
Educator

Kara Trostmann- Sam Houston Elementary

Ms. Trostmann is an amazing teacher and is always there for her students. Both of my daughters have had her and she always went above and beyond to make sure they were doing well not just in school but in life as well. My oldest is no longer in elementary school but when she needed a teacher reference for a project Ms. Trostmann didn't hesitate to take that on, even though it meant she would have to write it over Thanksgiving Break. She is an amazing teacher and we are so glad she is in our lives!

Nominated by:

Latisha Schools
Parent

Denise Murff- Galena Park Elementary

Mrs. Murff is a very good teacher. She is very passionate about her work; I appreciate all that she does for my son. She communicates well, and keeps me informed when needed.

Nominated by:

Nicole Dewalt
Educator

Linda Daniel- Cloverleaf Elementary

I truly admire Mrs. Daniel. She is the heart of Cloverleaf. Her friendly smile is what makes you happy to be part of Cloverleaf. It is amazing to see how she can get the small 4 year olds to understand and learn. Even when her students are challenging in every way, she always finds something positive in each and every one of them. She genuinely loves her students as if they were her own. Whoever has been her student has been blessed!

Nominated by:

Anonymous Educator

Deborah Eaton- Galena Park High School

Mrs. Eaton is outgoing and an outstanding math teacher. She enjoys teaching and making sure her students understand the concept. Mrs. Eaton got me to where I am today and now she teaches my daughter! Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!

Nominated by:

Louiana
Parent

Christina Sebastian- Woodland Acres Elementary

I cannot even begin to say how grateful I am for Mrs. Sebastian. She is one of the most kindhearted, sincere, helpful, and genuine person I have ever met. She has gone above and beyond for my child and all of other students. She has impacted so many of her current and previous students. She is a blessing to have at WAES!!

Nominated by:

Anonymous parent

Penny Taylor- North Shore 9th Grade Center

Mrs. Penny has gone above and beyond to help students in the FFA program. She has served as my mentor and taught me how to preform my duties as Vice President of FFA. Mrs. Penny works with us at the barn late nights and on the weekend and she recently took me to the Open Show in Klein where she wanted me to get additional experience in the program. This is my first year showing lambs and with Ms. Penny's help, I placed third among all in my category. The students in the program count on her to lead us and to make us the best in the program. Ms. Penny exemplifies the characteristics of an excellent educator.

Nominated by:

Brett LeBlanc
Student

Charlie McCullum- North Shore Senior High School

Mr. McCullum is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He has really nice and makes learning fun for his students.

Nominated by:

Jeimi Rivera
Student

Dollie Rodriguez- Galena Park High School

I nominate Dollie Rodriguez for the excellent educator award because of how much she goes above and beyond for not only her students, but for her department, new teachers, and school! Her positive energy, great ideas, relationships with students and teachers, and her dedication to GPHS, all make Dollie such an amazing educator. GPISD and GPHS are extremely blessed to have her on our team! She is the best!

Nominated by:

Anonymous Educator

Casey Johnson- North Shore Senior High School

He is an excellent teacher from my own personal experience! His teaching methods are revolved around his kids and it works! He makes it fun and easy to understand. He is also very kind and cares about the health of his students! He interacts with school activities and fundraisers!

Nominated by:

Azaylia Crawford
Student

Rosalinda Ortiz- Gomez- Woodland Acres Elementary

Ms. Ortiz is a very polite, patient and intelligent teacher who is always looking for ways to help her students be better every day.  Ms. Ortiz has always been positive and is ready to give her best for the good of her students.

Nominated by:

Rocio Parent

Diomil Haro- Early College High School

Mr. Haro does excellent work to get his student help his students achieve excellent results. He designs lessons to challenge his students to achieve great grades and learning.

Nominated by:

Roberto Dimaliwat
Educator

Yolanda Guajardo- Havard Elementary

Mrs. Guajardo because she goes beyond what it's expected of her. She is the definition of being proactive; she does not wait around to be told what to do next. Thank you for everything you do.

Nominated by:

Sulma Rodriguez- Coello
Educator

Jessica Flatt- ACE

I would like to take this opportunity to nominate ACE Social Studies Teacher, Jessica Flatt.
In just a couple of years, I have witnessed how she has been able to reach and help so many students. She is caring and dedicated, always looking for ways to interest and motivate her students.
Last year, she approached me to inquire about a former student who was having an unusual behavior. The following days I saw Mrs. Flatt talking to this student in the hallway, providing some care and advice. Her hard work paid off and my former student was able to walk during the summer graduation. Thank you Mrs. Flatt for believing in our students and helping them succeed.

Nominated by:

An anonymous educator

Tiffany Baldon- Cloverleaf Elementary

It is with great pleasure that I nominate Mrs. Baldon, a first grade teacher at Cloverleaf Elementary, for the Excellent Educator Award. Mrs. Baldon is a teacher that has a heart for students. She is constantly encouraging and challenging the students to think beyond the here and now, and to look at what they can become. She always makes time to listen to the students no matter how insignificant the conversation may seem at the time.

Nominated by:

James Husband
Educator/Parent

Alma Escamilla- MacArthur Elementary

The young lady I would like to nominate is very creative and open to innovating ideas. How she finds the time to do what she does in and out of class is still a mystery to me. She takes risks as a way to keep growing professionally. Nothing is ever impossible because she believes in trying until she has it! She is natural in fostering rapport with students. When meeting her, you would think she is a veteran teacher. I would like to nominate Ms. Alma Escamilla!

Nominated by:

An anonymous parent

Jamee Molander- Woodland Acres Middle School

Mrs. Molander is one of the hardest working teachers my family has come across. As a result of her tireless efforts, my son is completely immersed in the world of music. She motivates him to be better, to practice daily and builds confidence in each child. Her efforts have resulted in WAMS' band growing, fundraising, and developing student leaders. As a parent, I know what the expectations are and have excellent communication. I cannot wait to see how the program will continue to grow under her leadership.

Nominated by:

David Barrero
Parent

LaShandrea Johnson- Cunningham Middle School

Mrs. Johnson is my mentor teacher and she has gone above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and welcomed at Cunningham. Ms. Johnson shares strategies and techniques openly and willingly. She is a student driven teacher and a shining example of the "Whatever It Takes" motto at Cunningham. There are so many little things that she has done to offer me relief during a difficult transition. She would often make me copies, simply because she was there already. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is greatly appreciated. I am grateful to have such a patient and kind mentor, and am confident that I will learn great things from her.

Nominated by:

Victoria Amie
Educator

Nicole Boston- Normandy Crossing Elementary

Ms. Boston goes above and beyond the call of duty.  She is always helping others and has a positive attitude. For these reasons, Ms. Boston deserves an Excellent Educator award!

Nominated by:

Melva Suarez
Educator

Silvia Lloyd- North Shore Elementary

Ms. Lloyd is not just any teacher she is an amazing role model for our kids. My son was with her last year and now he has moved on to fourth grade. I can say he has learned so much from her and improved with his school work. Mrs. Lloyd has gone above and beyond with all her students not just with my son. She stays in contact with all the parents so we can know where our child stands. I nominate Mrs. Lloyd for being one of the BEST teachers that are at North Shore Elementary.

Nominated by:

Norma Cardoso
Parent

Gina Tapiz- Purple Sage Elementary

Mrs. Tapiz is creative and innovative in the classroom. She keeps her students excited about math and science through the use of traditional and nontraditional teaching tools such as small group instruction, hands-on math activity stations, iPad integration, anchor chart reviews and online math games/tools. She also incorporates math manipulatives into all of her lessons to help her English Language Learners. Mrs. Tapiz is a leader inside and outside of the classroom.

Nominated by:

Jimmy Giacona
Educator

Lee Brown- Cloverleaf Elementary

Mr. Brown was a hero to many families during Hurricane Harvey. He was out rescuing people including my family. He is honest, sincere and very passionate in everything he does; whether it's for his staff, students or the community. It is clear that he leads by example.

Nominated by:

Nely Ornelas
Educator

Shea Rodriguez- Administration Building

During Hurricane Harvey, my wife, 2 pets and I had to evacuate our home on a boat. We went to a shelter but were not allowed in because of our pets. We were standing on the curb and terrified because we had nowhere else to go. Shea and her husband were at the shelter dropping off food and supplies and took pity on us standing there cold and wet. They invited us back to their house and provided us with a bed, food, warm clothes, and shelter for 3 days!! We had never met Shea before and were blown away by Shea and her families’ generosity. We will never forget their kindness and compassion and will always be grateful.

Nominated by:

Jeff Collier
Educator

Maria Munoz- MacArthur Elementary

It's been my pleasure to work with Ms. Munoz! She was a wonderful AP a few years ago and now is our campus principal...couldn't get any better! She is first of all, understanding and caring of us all and our families. To Ms. Munoz, students and staff come in first place; she shows it. She also transmits the love and joy for learning! She is a true role model and exhibits greatness in everything she does; our school has improved since she came back as our principal. She also provides many learning opportunities for her teachers and motivates them to continue with higher education. She is a wonderful person and a blessing from the Lord!

Nominated by:

An anonymous educator

Victoria Garcia- MacArthur Elementary

Ms. Garcia is an exceptional ELA coach for many reasons. Let me explain. She assists teachers effectively by utilizing instructional time to model and co-teach lessons. Her primary purpose is to improve student achievements for all children by working directly with teachers to support their instruction of English Language Arts. She always wears a smile and is very resourceful with materials and ideas! She has a BIG heart for children.

Nominated by:

An anonymous educator

Silvia Lloyd- North Shore Elementary

Mrs. Lloyd is not just any teacher; she is an amazing role model for our kids. My son has been with her since he was in first grade and he is now in third grade moving on to fourth. I can say he has learned and improved so much with his school work. Mrs. Lloyd has gone above and beyond with all her students not just with my son. She makes sure her students are giving their all with their work. She stays in contact with all the parents so we can know where our child stands. I nominate Mrs. Lloyd for being one of the best teachers that North Shore Elementary has.

Nominated by:

Norma
Parent

Mr. McCullum- North Shore Senior High School

I would like to take this time to nominate Mr. McCullum. He and his family were displaced by Hurricane Harvey and brought his family to Mississippi. During his time of distress, he took time away from his family to visit Sherman Avenue Elementary to take part in our Career Day. He shared his wonderful experience as an educator and his passion for teaching.

Nominated by:

Woodrow Price
Educator in Mississippi

Mr. Kwiatkowski- Galena Park High School

Mr. Kwiatkowski is the best teacher I have ever had. I have learned so much from him and any success that I have is equally his. He is a wonderful specialist, willing to help anyone, not just the math department with whatever they need. Mr. K will help any student, teacher, or administrator at the drop of a hat. His willingness to help comes so naturally to him. He is kind, intelligent, and thoughtful. He is an inspiration to me every day and his support makes me feel like I can do anything. I am a better teacher because Mr. K is here. I am so grateful to have him as my specialist and I know everyone on campus is happy to have him here.

Nominated by:

Sarah Tao
Educator

Nancy Sanchez- MacArthur Elementary

Ms. Sanchez loves her students. She does an awesome job teaching the students and getting them engaged. Ms. Sanchez makes the lessons fun and engaging for the children. She takes things that interest the students and uses that to get them to realize that they are true writers, readers and learners. Not only does she teach her students but she is involved in the PTA and other activities to get parents, students and the community involved. I am so thankful that I get to work beside her and learn from her and that my son has the opportunity to be in her class.

Nominated by:

Catherine Thrower
Parent/ Educator

Angel Herring- Normandy Crossing Elementary

Ms. Herring is an outstanding teacher! She has an excellent relationship with all of her students and each student excels in her classroom. They are well prepared for first grade! She is always looking for professional growth and attends many workshops. She is very experienced with technology and is using it all the time to enhance her lessons. She is so deserving of this award!

Nominated by:

Mary Cook
Educator

Angela Walker- Havard Elementary

Ms. Walker deserves an excellent educator because of her attention to details and concern for teachers specifically to individual grade levels to excel academically and raise the bar on educating our kids.

Nominated by:

Mary Cooper
Parent

Catherine Swanson- Galena Park High School

Mrs. Swanson works really hard to get her students to succeed not just in the classroom but even outside of the classroom. She is a dedicated teacher and will do whatever it takes to make sure her students enjoy her class. She is one great Biology teacher!

Nominated by:

Roberto Dimaliwat
Educator

Lisa Robinette - Galena Park High School

Mrs. Robinette goes over and beyond to make her library a fun, educational place for both students and staff alike. She is dedicated to guiding children towards the right path. Galena Park High School is lucky to have her!

Nominated by:

An anonymous educator