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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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Rhonda Allen

Position: Education Specialist
School District: ABC Unified School District
School: Gahr High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Mrs. Allen contributed maximum support as an accomplished Education Specialist. She has allowed me to work with students with disabilities to increase their interest in higher learning. Mrs. Allen also aided me in implementing Computer program technologies which contributed to improve Students’ analytical skills. Finally, Mrs. Allen was instrumental in assisting with modification of the general education curriculum for students with special needs, which tremendously improved my capacity for delivering services to this group of students.

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Janet Hughey

Position: Read 180 Paraprofessional
School District: Alief Independent School District
School: Budewig Intermediate

How has this person changed your life?:
Ms. Hughey worked with challenged readers as their Read 180 rotation teacher for the past 4 years.
She always sets high expectations for the her group of students even if they are just new to the country and struggles to learn. She spends her own money to buy them prizes when the students improved on their reading levels and she always has motivating and kind words for the students she works with. [...]

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Leah Plagens

 

Position: Second Grade Teacher
School District: Alief ISD
School: Cummings Elementary

How has this person changed your life?:
Leah Plagens is an extremely hard worker who never backs down from a challenge. She returned from maternity leave in November and hit the ground running. She is a team player.

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Kimberly Silas

Position: 5th/6th Grade Reading Interventionist
School District: Alief ISD
School: Mata Intermediate

How has this person changed your life?:
Kimberly has changed many lives throughout her 18 plus yrs. of teaching. I have had the pleasure of working with Kimberly for 6 yrs. and each year she never seems to amaze me. It’s already a hard task to get kids to read, but imagine trying to motivate kids who have never been successful at a reading STAAR test, lack the motivation to read and to top things off English is not their first language. Although, many days in our classroom is stressful, due to lack of homework, lack of reading or lack of trying, Kimberly on no occasion gave up on ANY student. [...]

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Filomena Macedo

Position: Student Intervention Assistant
School District: ABC Unified School District
School: Gahr High School

How has this person changed your life?:
I very much recommend Ms. Filomena Macedo for your Sterling Shining Star award. I have worked with her for the past 14 years and it is a pleasure to work with her. I have worked with her in the capacity of being a fellow teacher and her supervisor. I have also known her as our girl’s gym attendant, working with the cafeteria, as a union representative for the California School Employees Association (CSEA), and as Gahr’s student intervention assistant (SIA). In addition, I have first-hand experience with working with her on a variety of district committees. [...]

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Jenice Kennedy

Position: Assistant Principal
School District: Alief Independent School District
School: Miller Intermediate School

How has this person changed your life?:
Shining Star! That is exactly how I would describe Jenice Kennedy, my assistant principal. Each morning the staff, students, and stakeholders of Miller Intermediate School are greeted with her energetic and inspiring morning show where she encourages everyone to have a fabulous day. Her personality lights up the room and is quickly followed by her love for educating and inspiring students and staff. [...]

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Yvette Sutten

Position: High Health Science teacher
School District: Hays CISD`
School: Lehman High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Yvette Sutten is one of the most inspirational teachers I have ever known. She inspires me to be a better teacher through finding and highlighting the positives in my students and not getting bogged down by the negatives. She makes a point each semester to verbally tell each one of her students what gift she sees in them. Can you imagine how powerful that would be to a teenager!? [...]

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Anna Campbell

Position: AVID Teacher
School District: Rockwall ISD
School: Rockwall High School

How has this person changed your life?:
Dedicated, hard working and selfless are just some of the very few words I would use to describe Mrs.Campbell. My high school years would not have been as memorable if I did not have such a caring teacher like herself. She is truly the most caring and influential teacher I have ever had. [...]

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Heather Messer

Position: Principal
School District: Oklahoma City Public Schools
School: Jefferson Middle School

How has this person changed your life?: Heather Messer, my head principal, has impacted my life in ways that can only flourish for years to come from the seeds that she has planted. Her dedication to Jefferson is unwavering and does not go unnoticed as she is continually aimed toward creating an atmosphere of high expectations, positivity, and collaboration.

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Charlie Jones-Mutscher

Position: Special Education Co-Teacher
School District: Hays CISD
School: Fuentes Elementary

How has this person changed your life?: Charlie is an inspiration at Fuentes Elementary. Charlie is our 5th Grade Special Education Co-Teacher. Which means she has all 5th grades special education students and follows them throughout the day in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. Mrs. Jones-Mutscher works tirelessly for her students in the classroom but her dedication doesn't end there. [..]

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Todd Higashi

Position: 9th grade Biology Teacher, 9th and 10th grade Physical Education Teacher, 11/12th grade Media Studies Teacher, 11th/12th grade Current Life Issues Teacher
School District: Alameda Unified School District
School: Alameda Science and Technology Institute

How has this person changed your life?: Throughout the years, Mr. Higashi has played a big role in not only my life, but my school’s success and development as well. As a teacher, Mr. Higashi has gone above and beyond in order to ensure I have received the help and guidance I’ve needed in an effort to feel comfortable with facing academic problems. [...]

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Mary Risinger

Position: 2nd Grade Teacher
School District: Tyler ISD
School: Jones Elementary MST Academy

How has this person changed your life?:
Mrs. Risinger is amazing. She takes each child and individually cares for them like they are her own. So many children fall through the cracks in today's system at such a young age. She does not let that happen. [...]

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