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Aldine ISD Educators Receive SHABE Awards, 1 Advances to State Competition

Aldine ISD Educators Receive SHABE Awards, 1 Advances to State Competition
Posted on 04/15/2019

The organization supports individuals who educate students whose native language is not English.

A García Middle School teacher will be advancing to the state competition in the 2019 Texas Association for Bilingual Educators Teacher of the Year program.

The Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Education (SHABE) recently held its annual Teacher of the Year Banquet. Several Aldine ISD teachers received honors as outstanding educators.

Aldine ISD educators took the top three awards. Janeth Cornejo was named the Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year by the Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Educators at its March 29 event, which recognized more than 150 area teachers in bilingual education, English as a Second Language and foreign language education. Cornejo will represent the SHABE district at the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) annual fall conference set for October 16-19 in Corpus Christi, TX.

Also receiving top awards are Kristal Rubio from García Middle School and Stephanie DeLapp from Bussey Elementary School. They received the Teacher of the Year in Foreign Language Award and Elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher of the Year Award, respectively. They will not advance to the state competition.

In addition, SHABE also awarded a $500 scholarship to Evilin Chamagya form Eisenhower High School.

SHABE’s mission over the past 19 years has been to support bilingual, ESL and foreign language educators across the area.

Other Aldine ISD teachers recognized at the event are:

  • 1st Runner Up in ESL Teacher of the Year — Rebecca Ortega, Ermel ES
  • 1st Runner Up in Bilingual Teacher of the Year — Melissa Hearn, Dunn ES
  • 2nd Runner Up in Bilingual Teacher of the Year — Jezer Ureña, Wilson ES
  • Paraprofessional Scholarship Winner — Yvonne Albarrán, Stehlik ES

At the heart of every successful bilingual education program are caring and dedicated teachers who believe in the value of dual language instruction as a way to help English language learners excel academically. — TABE

The state winner automatically becomes the TABE nominee for the National Association for Bilingual Education Teacher of the Year competition.

Campuses that participate in SHABE either select or nominate teachers. Each teacher of the year must then submit an application. From the submissions, the SHABE Selection Committee selects finalists who are interviewed and asked to submit student products. The Selection Committee selects winners for each district and the three top winners for SHABE: a Bilingual Teacher of the Year, an ESL Elementary Teacher of the Year, and an ESL Secondary Teacher of the Year.

SHABE was founded to support teachers, paraprofessional, and administrators as they educate students whose native language is not English. The Association serves to review and disseminate the state of bilingual education in Texas. Additionally, SHABE members exchange data, studies, ideas, practices, and information with area school districts and educators.

Congratulations!

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