Cody Elementary teacher named Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year

Banner picture of Eva Longoria
July 26, 2016

For the eighth consecutive year, Northside ISD has a Region 20 Teacher of the Year. The 2017 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year is Eva Longoria, a special education teacher at Cody Elementary School.

Longoria 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 (TASA). The Elementary Texas Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Texas Teacher of the Year will be announced in October.

Longoria was honored in March as Northside’s Elementary Educator of the Year. She has 26 years in education, 16 of those in NISD.

“I am truly honored to receive this award, and I share it with all of the teachers and administrators who encouraged and supported me throughout my journey,” Longoria said. “I am also indebted to the many children who I have been so fortunate to teach.

Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and examples have inspired their students, colleagues, and communities they service. The Texas Teacher of the Year designation is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.

Facilitated by TASA, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

Education Service Center Region 20 includes more than 50 counties in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

NISD honorees through the years are:

  • Dr. Maricela Alarcon, formerly Burke Elementary School, now principal at Knowlton 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 Elenentary 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 finalists 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.
  • Teresita Villa, Kuentz Elementary School, 2016 Region 20 Elementary Teacher of the Year.