Kuentz Elementary teacher named Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year

August 6, 2015

For the seventh consecutive year, Northside ISD can claim a Region 20 Teacher of the Year. The 2016 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year is Teresita Villa, a fourth grade teacher at Kuentz Elementary School.

Villa 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 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.

Villa was honored in March as Northside’s Elementary Educator of the Year. She is entering her 22nd year in teaching, with ten years in Northside. Villa says that she feels honored and humbled to be selected for this award considering the vast number of outstanding educators in the region who dedicate their lives in promoting quality education.

“This recognition will truly invigorate me as I pursue my commitment to make an impact in the lives of my students and to create a world of difference in my community,” she said.

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 honorees from Northside ISD include:

·         Dr. Maricela Alarcon, formerly Burke Elementary School, now vice principal at Northwest Crossing Elementary School, 2010 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2010 state finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.

·         Daniel Leija, formerly Esparza Elementary School, now teacher at Behlau Elementary School, 2011 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2011 Texas Teacher of the Year.

·         June Shanahan, formerly Scobee Elementary School, now teacher at Los Reyes Elementary School, 2012 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2011 Runner-Up Texas Teacher of the Year.

·         Theresa Heim, Connally Middle School, 2013 Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2013 state finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.

·         Barbara Purkhiser, former Galm Elementary School, now teacher at Franklin Elementary School, 2013 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

·         Christian DeBerry, Hobby Middle School, 2014 Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2014 state finalist for Texas Teacher of the Year.

·         Gina Reina, Wanke Elementary School, 2015 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year.