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Angelica Brown

Position: Math Master Teacher
School District: Tyler ISD 
School: Jones Elementary

How has this person changed your life?:
She came into my life at a time I was really low in health and positivity. I had so much on my plate but had a job to do and she really gave a helping hand and brought joy to my life each day she worked with me as a math helper/tutor for my classroom. She helped me to feel better by bringing in such a beautiful heart and presence for me and my students. I am forever grateful for the day I meet her last year!

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Keva Whitworth

Position: Principal's Secretary
School District: Tyler ISD
School: Jones Elementary

How has this person changed your life?:
Keva always greets everyone with a bright and shinning face. She is the first person that most people meet when they step foot on our campus. She always goes above and beyond for each and every student, treating them as if they were one of her own.

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Wendy Harsin

Position: PE Teacher
School District: Quinlan ISD
School: D.C. Cannon

How has this person changed your life?:
I have not met a more dedicated educator in my 14 years of teaching or administration. Wendy Harsin goes above & beyond in every area. She incorporates academics into her PE lessons and always has very engaging lessons. She presents information at state conferences as well as professional development for many surrounding school districts. Mrs. Harsin also participates in pretty much EVERY community event. Mrs. Harsin is an example to us all. She brings out the best in everyone she is around.

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Rose Irungu

Position: High School Teacher
School District: Fort Worth ISD
School: Eastern Hills High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Mrs. Irungu is a teacher leader. When I began to teach, she walked me through the process that i needed badly as a new teacher. She does this every year. it comes to her naturally to nurture new teachers at the same time allowing them to find their place in the classroom. She is calm and always has a project brewing in her head always, as well as a cup of tea. She steps up to encourage struggling teachers in the school. [...]

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Audra Edwards

Position: 6th Grade Teacher/ GLOBE Environmental Science Teacher
School District: Hawkins ISD
School: Hawkins Middle School

How has this person changed your life?:
I have just finished up my first year at the greatest university in the world, Texas A&M (Gig ‘Em!), with the goal of earning my Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a focus on Politics and Diplomacy and a French minor. Any time I tell people that, they are shocked. “How did you ever get into that coming from such a small town in East Texas?” I usually answer this with a follow up with telling them about my amazing teacher, Mrs. Edwards. [...]

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Jenifer Hogan

Position: School Counselor
School District: Quinlan ISD
School: A. E. Butler Intermediate

How has this person changed your life?:
Jenifer Hogan is the most dedicated educator I know. No other has the heart and passion for children that I see in Mrs. Hogan. Many of our students come from extreme poverty. Many lack consistent utility services, sufficient food, and family stability. Mrs. Hogan organizes community services to meet those needs. She makes sure all our students have adequate clothing, weekend meals, and a variety of family resources. With poverty often comes trauma and tragedy. Our students have more than their share. [...]

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Brenda Fox

Position: Assistant Principal
School District: Grand Prairie ISD
School: Grand Prairie High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Brenda Fox is the heart of our campus. She puts the kids front and center and serves as a model for what a leader should be. She spends countless hours organizing events for the school, especially the senior class. Every morning she plays music from the speaker that she wears, sometimes singing to students and teachers to make them smile. She treats the kids like superstars, supporting athletes, musicians, dancers, fine arts and taking pictures of everyone like a proud mom. She is our school's biggest fan.

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Blain Martin

Position: Counselor/Principal
School District: Devine ISD
School: Devine Intermediate

How has this person changed your life?:
I am a parent of two awesome children whose disabilities do not define them. I first had the pleasure of working with Mr. Martin concerning my daughter in high school, where he served as a counselor. For the first time, my daughter encountered a challenge that shook her confidence and her ability to perform. [...]

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Bonnie Anderson

Position: K-5 Music Teacher
School District: Judson Independent School District
School: Coronado Village Elementary 

How has this person changed your life?:
Neither my husband nor I are musical. We don't have musical family members. It has been the very great fortune of my children to begin their education at the elementary school where Bonnie Anderson serves as music teacher. Ms. Anderson works with each and every child on the campus of her school, developing appreciation for music, building skills to make music and inspiring the passion in children to make music their own. [...]

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Jessica Lopez

Position: Music Teacher
School District: Comal ISD
School: Goodwin Frazier

How has this person changed your life?:
Mrs. Lopez captures every students' heart year after year. In addition to sharing the joy of learning about music, Mrs. Lopez works tirelessly on campus events to ensure every student has fun. My children LOVE her! [...]

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Charles McCauley

Position: High School Band Director
School District: Sulphur Springs Independent School DIstrict
School: Sulphur Springs High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Growing up in Sulphur Springs, Texas, you make a decision right before middle school about what you want your art elective to be; art, choir, or band. I chose band. I learned to play the french horn in sixth grade. There was something about it that I just feel in love with. [...]

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Christian Guerra

Position: 6th & 7th Grade ELA/Reading Teacher / 8th Grade Counselor
School District: Devine ISD
School: Devine Middle School

How has this person changed your life?:
She was the very first and only teacher that has ever understood my drive for perfection and why I push for it the way I do. She taught me that making mistakes was something that life made you do, and that everything was going to be just fine if I didn't make the perfect grade. [...]

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Jeff Van Meter

Position: 7th/8th Grade Science Teacher, JHS/HS Coach
School District: Wylie ISD
School: Raymond B Cooper Junior High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Coach Van Meter has been an amazing teacher, coach and mentor to me. I have had many great teachers, however Coach Van Meter will always stand out as the best. He is a positive role model and a person that students respect. His class was one that I looked forward to attending.

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Chesley Powell

Position: 6th Grade Teacher
School District: Lone Oak ISD
School: Lone Oak Middle School

How has this person changed your life?:
She has always been there for me and when I need to talk to her she is always there to talk with me about personal issues or people bullying me I love her so much she is the best teacher!! Without her the school year would have been the worst year ever!

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Alicia Kerr

Position: Assistant Principal
School District: Alief ISD
School: Elsik High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Dr. Kerr is the most caring, supportive and compassionate person I know. She loves our students and staff and ensures that every second of her day is spent encouraging others to be their best. She works long hours and does whatever is necessary to ensure that the students at Elsik High School know and understand that they achieve any dream that is in their heart; however, she doesn't stop there, she takes the time to work with them to make their dreams reality. [...]

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Quyen Vu

Position: High school Honors Biology and AP Environmental Science teacher
School District: ABC Unified School District
School: Richard Gahr High School

How has this person changed your life?:
In many ways Quyen has made my job much easier. Quyen and I are co-department chairs for the Science department at Gahr High school, I could not handle this job without her. She is a great person to bounce ideas off of and often comes up with solutions for problems that I hadn't even come close to thinking of. I feel she compliments me very well becuase many of her strenths are areas where I am weak. [...]

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Rosalind Burroughs

Position: Principal
School District: Alief ISD
School: Gary P. Budewig Intermediate

How has this person changed your life?:
It is an honor and privilege to nominate and Dr. Rosalind Burroughs. I have worked with her for 11 years. She has remained consistent keeping the focus on teaching all children, promoting an environment for leaders to be innovative and nurturing many both in and out of the classroom. [...]

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Steven Fleming

Position: Principal
School District: Pasadena ISD
School: Dr. Lewis Career & Technical High School

How has this person changed your life?:
I have known Mr. Fleming for 22 years now. He was my high school Chemistry teacher. Then, when I became a teacher (following his inspiration), he was our district science instructional specialist & I had the privilege of learning from him once more. Since HS, he has been my most favorite teacher. He always makes learning relevant & fun, but most importantly, he cares about his students & work family. He has been a very positive, inspirational role model over the years, and an exemplary, caring leader. [...]

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