Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators
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Round of Applause

Round of Applause

Let’s give a round of applause to our ATPE members all around the state who go above and beyond.

Melanie Gohn
Catherine Jackson

2024 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award Finalists

  • Christi Byerly, Mary Branch Elementary, Bryan ISD (Lifetime Achievement Elementary)
  • Michelle Cavazos, Blanca E. Sanchez Elementary, McAllen ISD (Rising Star Elementary)
  • Gloria Cortez, Samuel L. Martin Middle School, Austin ISD (Lifetime Achievement Secondary)
  • Melanie Gohn, Fabra Elementary, Boerne ISD (Lifetime Achievement—Elementary)
  • Catherine Jackson, Carthage High School, Carthage ISD (Lifetime Achievement—Secondary)
  • Veronica Stapper, Glenmore Elementary, San Angelo ISD (Lifetime Achievement—Elementary)
  • Stephanie Stoebe, Teravista Elementary, Round Rock ISD (Leadership—Elementary)

Finalists received a $1,000 check for themselves and a $1,000 check for their schools. Winners will be announced in early May.


Heidi Parsons, a teacher at Bonham Middle School, was named one of three Mrs. Baird’s Teachers on the Rise for February.


Regan Bullock, STEM lab manager at Moore Elementary, was one of four educators recognized for her outstanding work in integrating STEM components into everyday learning. She earned the top honor and a $300 check to go toward improving her lab.


The Beaumont Foundation of America awarded 15 educators—including three ATPE members—the 2024 Wayne A. Reaud Excellence in Education Award. The educators will receive $10,000.

  • Cheryl Spangler, Dishman Elementary School, Beaumont ISD
  • Staci Glach, Vidor Middle School, Vidor ISD
  • Christy Campbell-Haymon, Newton Middle School, Newton ISD

Corpus Christi

Autumn Caro led a team of 16 Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) members in speaking to representatives in Washington D.C. on behalf of Texans who experience headache disorders and migraine disease.

Fort Bend

Lindsey Leiker, a fourth grade teacher at Carolyn and Vernon Madden Elementary School, is one of three science finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) award.


The following ATPE members were named 2024 Teacher of the Year for their respective campuses:

  • Andrea Jackson, Pathways Academic Campus
  • Angela Morales, Nolan Middle School
  • Alma Zavala, Peebles Elementary

Midway (12)

Seven ATPE members were recently named National Board Certified Teachers, joining 3% of teachers nationwide and less than 1% of Texas teachers who hold the certification:

  • Vanessa Dulock
  • Annie Jones
  • Susan Jones
  • Kristin Kegley
  • Ben Kosarek
  • Molly Sanders
  • Valerie Taylor

Krystle Moos, a chemistry teacher at Midway High School, was named the Texas Academy of Science’s 2024 Outstanding Texas Educator.


Roya Dinbali, a forensic science-CTE teacher, was named Nacogdoches High School’s 2024 Teacher of the Year.


Vanikin Leggett, principal of Brule Elementary School in Navasota ISD, was named the 2024 Region 6 TEPSAN of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).


Ryan Dollar, head coach of the Newcastle Ladycats, led his team to the school’s first basketball state title in the school’s history.


The following ATPE members were named 2023-24 Tyler ISD Teachers of the Year for their respective campuses:

  • Peggy Vollmer, Griffin Elementary School
  • Shirley Chandler, Career and Technology Center

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Author: ATPE Staff