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2020 Trinity Prize Distinguished Educators Announced

Sunday, May 3, 2020
crystal apple with text 2019-20 finalists trinity prize for excellence in teaching

Ceremony to take place via Zoom on May 8

by Sydney Rhodes ’23

Seventeen teachers from the local San Antonio area have been selected as finalists for the 2020 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Each teacher has been chosen as a distinguished educator by their school district and is being considered for the award as a recognition of their dedication and outstanding performance in public education.

The two recipients of the prize will be announced and all of the distinguished educators will be honored at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, through an invitation-only ceremony on Zoom. Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, will give remarks at this year’s event.

Each educator chosen was nominated for their commitment and passion for education. Among the criteria for inclusion on the list is outstanding classroom performance, leadership in the school and school district, leadership in the education profession, and outstanding community service.

The distinguished educators and finalists are:

headshot of barryAlamo Heights Independent School District

Lisa Barry

5th grade ELAR/SS 

Woodridge Elementary 

headshot of frenchComal Independent School District

Rishanne Frech

3rd grade ELA 

Hoffmann Lane Elementary

East Central Independent School District

Brenda Kiolbassa Miller

Science instructor/Department lead

East Central High School

segovia headshotEdgewood Independent School District

Lisa Segovia

3rd grade NIET mentor 

L.B. Johnson Elementary

ramos headshotFt. Sam Houston Independent School District

Christopher Ramos

5th grade 

Fort Sam Houston Elementary School

george headshotHarlandale Independent School District

Kellie George

8th grade social studies, 6th/8th AVID elective

Harlandale Middle School

cardenas headshotJudson Independent School District

Dorothy Cardenas

Dyslexia therapist

Olympia Elementary School

crawford headshotLackland Independent School District

Joy Crawford

5th grade 

Lackland Elementary School

schnacker headshotNorth East Independent School District

Janelle Schnacker

School librarian

Douglas MacArthur High School

pfeil headshotNorthside Independent School District

Jamie Pfeil

Social studies

Earl Warren High School

howard headshotRandolph Field Independent School District

Beth Howard 

Special education 

Randolph Elementary

medellin headshotSan Antonio Independent School District

Belinda Medellin


CAST Tech High School

sanchez headshotSomerset Independent School District

Elizabeth Sanchez

3rd grade mentor, Math/science

Somerset Elementary

quintanilla headshotSouth San Antonio Independent School District

Miguel Angel Quintanilla

Special education

Price Elementary

calderon headshotSouthside Independent School District

Carol Ann Calderon

3rd grade 

Heritage Elementary

arnold headshotSouthwest Independent School District

Samantha Arnold

Professional communications

Southwest Legacy High School

osborne headshotWinston School San Antonio

Linda Osborne

5th grade 

The Winston School San Antonio

Trinity University has honored the teaching profession and recognized outstanding educators through the Department of Education since 1982. The winners of the prize will be selected by a panel of San Antonio business and community leaders. All finalists receive a crystal apple, a cash award, and a proclamation from the city of San Antonio, signed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg ’99. The Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching is sponsored by Whataburger. 

For more information, contact Trinity’s Department of Education at 210-999-7501.