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Trinity to Honor Local Distinguished Educators

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reception for 19 exceptional teachers notes their leadership, community service

by Susie P. Gonzalez

A total of 19 exceptional teachers in the San Antonio area have been chosen as distinguished educators and finalists for the 2017-18 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching that recognizes and honors teaching as a profession and those who exemplify outstanding performance in public education.

The distinguished educators will be honored at a reception at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in the Skyline Room in the Coates Student Center at Trinity University. 

The distinguished educators were nominated by area school districts for their commitment and passion to 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 for the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching are:

Alamo Heights Independent School District

Jeff Wheatcraft

STEM coordinator and teacher

Alamo Heights Junior School 

Boerne Independent School District

Tracy Thompson

English language arts and reading teacher

Boerne Middle School North

Comal Independent School District

Brenda Matheny

Teacher of English language arts for 9th-11th grades, pre-AP for 9th-10th grades, AP capstone, and ELA department chair

Canyon Lake High School

East Central Independent School District

Miriam Pineda George

Career and Technology Education Department, culinary arts program 

East Central High School

Edgewood Independent School District

Kathleen Reid

Social studies teacher

Memorial High School

Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

Julie Blackstone

4th grade teacher

Fort Sam Houston Elementary School

Harlandale Independent School District

Evelyn Bushart

1st grade dual language teacher 

Rayburn Elementary School 

Judson Independent School District

Anne-Marie Hilton

HIgh school French teacher

Karen Wagner High School

Lackland Independent School District

Cara Coffey

Pre-K through 5th grade music teacher

Lackland Elementary School

   

North East Independent School District
Robert Scott Eaton 
8th grade math and algebra teacher
Eisenhower Middle School

Northside Independent School District
Andres Lopez  
English III and IV AP-dual credit and Mexican-American literature teacher  
John Paul Stevens High School

Randolph Field Independent School District
Nicole Bernal 
Career and Technology Education Department in science and health science and CTE team leader 
Randolph High School 

San Antonio Independent School District
Andrea Lucas
4th grade teacher
Lamar Elementary School  

Somerset Independent School District
Nieves Carrales  
4th grade teacher
Somerset Elementary School

South San Antonio Independent School District
Guadalupe Torres-Saldana 
Theater arts  teacher
Zamora Middle School

Southside Independent School District
Erica De Hoyos 
Reading specialist  
Heritage Elementary School

Southwest Independent School District
Angelica Angulo
3rd grade reading, writing, and social studies teacher
Sky Harbour Elementary School

The Winston School of San Antonio
Julie Hanson

Dyslexia intervention and math teach, lower school; and language arts and English, middle school and upper school 

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District
Eric M. Mahler
Math teacher and department chair, tenis and soccer coach, class sponsor  
Uvalde High School

Since 1982, Trinity University, through its department of education, has recognized and honored teaching as a profession and those outstanding persons who distinguish themselves in the profession. A panel of San Antonio business and community leaders will select the winners. All finalists receive a crystal apple and a cash award.

The winners of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching will be recognized at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on the Trinity campus. Also during the April 20 ceremony, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee, will speak to the honorees and guests. Chaffee is a humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston.  

For more information, contact Trinity’s department of education at 210-999-7501.