ConnectEd May/June 2017 - Page 7

Congratulations TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Every year, staff at Garland ISD schools nominate one of their own to be named Campus Teacher of the Year. This title represents 71 individuals who not only inspire their students but their colleagues, as well. They make learning memorable and break down any potential barriers to success. They also continuously seek out opportunities to improve and others to help. The district partnered with the Texas Rangers to celebrate its 2017 winners during GISD Night at the Ballpark May 16. View a list to continue their recognition at Campus Teachers of the Year are also invited to submit an application for the districtwide honor. A committee then selects one elementary and secondary awardee. Congratulations to Elementary Teacher of the Year Christy Elms from Sewell Elementary School and Secondary Teacher of the Year Lynette Varrassi from Naaman Forest High School. Elms overcame being labeled “not college material” to become a 27-year educator who inspires innovation and helps students make the connection between what they are learning and how it impacts their lives today and in the future. She teaches reading, writing and social studies to fourth-graders at Sewell. Varrassi grew up in a family of educators and GISD graduates. She continued both traditions and teaches AP English Language and Composition, as well as AP Seminar, at Naaman Forest. She helps students grow an appreciation, and even love, for reading and writing as they are essential to success. Elms and Varrassi will now advance to the Region 10 Teacher of the Year competition. Karina L. Olivares Class of 1995 “ GISD has great teachers who care for their students. I was nurtured by some of the best teachers. They helped me look for opportunities that would further my learning and build my character. I thank GISD for starting the building blocks of my success! ” • Garland Chamber of Commerce President • Attended Classical Center at Vial Elementary School, Sam Houston Middle School and South Garland High School Calendar July 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 4 Independence Day 3-7 District Offices Closed 21-23 LAUNCH: Texas PTA Summer Leadership Seminar may/june 2017 7