District announces 2012 Educators of the Year

March 9, 2012

Three veteran teachers were named District Educators of the Year at special celebrations held annually to honor teachers who give 100 percent when it comes to improving the lives of children. In addition, Northside’s Nominee for the 2012 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching was announced.

The 2012 Northside Educators of the Year are:

• Barbara J. Purkhiser, Galm Elementary School
• Theresa Heim, Connally Middle School
• Cynthia Barrett, O’Connor High School

And, the 2012 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching is Steubing Elementary School’s Melinda Valdez.

In addition to receiving engraved plaques, each of the four teachers received a check for $500.

During the special ceremony, each of the campus Educators of the Year was honored as well. A panel of NISD educators selected the District winners from the 112 campus winners.

The celebration, which was held March 7 and 8 this year, has been dubbed “Simply the Best,” because the campus winners parade into the auditorium to Tina Turner’s famous song by the same name. Winners are given the red-carpet treatment by whirling spotlights, cheering family members, and co-workers hoisting signs and banners.

To purchase a DVD of the ceremony, go to
http://www.nisd.net/parentconnection/and click on DVD Sales.