Region 20 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year are both from Northside!

August 9, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, Northside ISD can claim a Region 20 Teacher of the Year. But this year, both the Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year are Northside ISD educators.

Barbara Purkhiser, a second grade teacher at Galm Elementary School, is the Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the year, and Theresa Heim, the AVID coordinator and reading teacher at Connally Middle School, is the Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Both women will now move to the next level of competition and will vie to be one of six finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year, an annual competition now organized by the Texas Association of School Administrators. The Elementary Texas Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced in October.

Education Service Center Region 20 includes more than 50 counties in San Antonio and surrounding areas. More than 14 school districts submitted nominations for Teacher of the Year.

Recent, previous honorees from Northside ISD, who were also all named state finalists, include:

  • Maricela Alarcon, Burke Elementary School, 2010 Region 20 Teacher of the Year, 2010 state finalist for Texas Teacher of the year

  • Daniel Leija, Esparza Elementary School, 2011 Region 20 Teacher of the Year, 2011 Texas Teacher of the Year

  • June Shanahan, Scobee Elementary School, 2012 Region 20 Teacher of the Year, 2011 Runner-Up, Texas Teacher of the Year

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