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AISD Celebrates Annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast

AISD Celebrates Annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast
Posted on 03/04/2016

Teacher of the Year

Laura Hamilton was named the district’s Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year and Sarita Salinas was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year during Aldine ISD’s Teacher of the Year Breakfast held on Friday, March 4 at the Hyatt North Houston Hotel.

Laura HamiltonHamilton is a language arts teacher at Stehlik Intermediate School. She has 14 years of teaching experience with 11 of those years spent with Aldine ISD. Salinas is the dance teacher at Carver High School and has 27 years of teaching experience, with 20 of those years spent with Aldine ISD.

The other five district finalists were Yvonne Lopez of Jones EC/Pre-K Center, Nickole Burr of Thompson Elementary School, Paula Hodge of Worsham Elementary School, Barbi Binnig of Nimitz High School and Thomasina Gatson of Victory Early College High School.

Hamilton said she believes it is her responsibility as a teacher to prepare her students for the future.

“My goal as a teacher is to create an arena for transformation,” she said. “I am not just preparing my students for the next grade or for the STAAR test, but to be employees, spouses, parents and valuable contributors to our community.”

Sarita SalinasSalinas said it is imperative that her students are well rounded in all subject matters to excel as dancers.

“I don’t just focus on expressive movement; I emphasize reading, writing, and communicating dance as my students learn each component of this all-encompassing art form. This enables each dancer to integrate core curriculum by analyzing, evaluating and creating works of art that illustrate the highest levels of learning.”

In addition to being honored by a number of North Houston/Greenspoint area businesses who generously donated gifts to the two winners, the five finalists and all campus teachers of the year, the Aldine Education Foundation (AEF) presented checks and cash to honor the two winners, the five finalists and the campus teachers of the year. Each campus teacher of the year received $300 from AEF.

Hamilton and Salinas each received $5,000 from AEF and the five finalists each received $1,500 from the Foundation.

Hamilton and Salinas also each received two first-class, round-trip tickets from United Airlines to travel to any destination within the 48 contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. The two also received $250 each from InvesTex Credit Union. Hamilton and Salinas each received a $100 gift card from Greenspoint Mall and the five finalists each received a $50 gift card from Greenspoint Mall. The two winners also received a weekend stay for two plus breakfast at the DoubleTree Houston IAH Hotel. Hamilton and Salinas also received a goody bag from the Houston Rockets that contained T-shirts, tickets to an upcoming Rockets game and other items. The five finalists each received brunch for two donated by the Hyatt Regency North Houston Hotel. The DoubleTree also provided four lunch buffets for two that were given away as door prizes.

All campus teachers of the year received an AEF polo shirt, canvas totes donated by Spark Energy, insulated lunch bags, jump drives, mugs and pens donated by the East Aldine District, and note pads donated by Magoo’s Print Shop.

Door prizes were also donated by the Houston Rockets and Houston Astros.

Dr. David Villareal, the district’s Director of Professional Standards, served as the chairman of the Teacher of the Year Committee. The committee consisted of Dr. Robin Williams of Human Resources, Dr. Keena Bradley of Human Resources, Gay Lynn Pierce, the 2014-15 Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year, Patricia Hoey of Dunn Elementary School, Melody Green of Reece Academy, Shelia Bell of Hill Intermediate School, Rogelio Edar of Drew Academy and Ronshon Jeffery of Victory Early College High School.

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