Recognizing the best: TOY and POY 

At the recent Winner’s Circle Celebration, the district announced the 10 teachers and seven principals nominated for the 2023-2024 Teacher and Principal of the Year titles. The winners will be announced during the State of the District event April 4. The finalists and winners will receive generous prizes ranging from $1,500 to $5,000.  Here are the finalists.

Teacher of the Year finalists:

  • Rosamaria Alvarado-Jimenez, F.P. Caillet Elementary School
  • Antonio Barnes, Martin Weiss Elementary School
  • Virdetra Chappell, Seagoville Elementary School
  • Chantrelle Lovett-Andrews, Umphrey Lee Elementary School
  • Nehemie Dorce, L.V. Stockard Middle School
  • Cristian Gallardo, Sam Tasby Middle School
  • Briana Harry, Skyline High School
  • Amanda Ashmead, School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center
  • Saraid Driskell, Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center
  • Mykel Estes, Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

Principal of the Year finalists:

  • Alicia Iwasko, Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School
  • Lakisha Merritt, Martin Weiss Elementary School
  • Umoja Turner, Eddie Bernice Johnson STEM Academy
  • Chandra Hooper-Barnett, Woodrow Wilson High School
  • David Lee, Hector P. Garcia Middle School
  • Derek Thomas, Solar Preparatory School for Boys at John F. Kennedy Learning Center
  • Tamika Whitney, Dallas Environmental Science Academy

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