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Baylor Scott & White honors ROISD Teachers of the Year with an honorarium

Red Oak ISD’s district Teachers of the Year received a big surprise at the end of the ROISD Staff Banquet on June 2 when Baylor Scott and White Waxahachie President Will Turner came to the stage. Top elementary teacher Taylor Morris and secondary teacher Stephanie Smith had already been surprised with a district celebration tour, then the breakfast that morning, not to mention campus congratulations. But what Mr. Turner announced surprised almost everyone in the room.

Both teachers would receive a $1,000 honorarium from the hospital in appreciation of their outstanding service and dedication to the students or ROISD.

Taylor Morris, a 5th Grade Teacher at Wooden Elementary, couldn’t believe it. “I cannot thank Mr. Turner and Baylor Scott & White enough for their generous donation. I was in shock when they presented us with giant checks at the award ceremony. This is the first year that this reward has been given at Red Oak ISD, and I felt an overwhelming amount of joy and recognition in the amount of hard work that was put into this year. I am currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and have decided to take the remainder of my classes this summer, in order to graduate early. This check has helped me in doing so and I am blessed to have received their support.”

Red Oak HS Content Mastery Teacher Stephanie Smith has to compose herself. She exclaimed, “I’ve never won anything!” She later added the sentiment of graciousness for Baylor Scott and White’s generosity, and her thanks for an amazing end to a unique year.

Baylor Scott and White Waxahachie President Turner shared his thoughts on offering the honorarium. “After such a challenging year, we are proud to recognize all of the educators that have gone above and beyond for the students of Red Oak ISD,” said Turner. “We are especially honored to recognize two individuals for their tremendous and extraordinary commitment this past year as the Teacher of the Year.”

The ROISD Staff Banquet also included the celebration of service awards, additional district staff of the year, campus teachers of the year, and those retiring.

SERVICE AWARDS

20 YEARS

  • Brea Aitken – 3rd Grade Teacher at Red Oak Elementary
  • Cindy Belote – GT Teacher at Shields Elementary
  • Sarah Clement – Special Education Teacher at Red Oak Elementary
  • Cheryl Hawkins – Library Media Specialist at Red Oak Middle
  • Beth Lentz – Student Nutrition at Schupmann Elementary
  • Jan McCormick – Instructional Aide at Red Oak Middle
  • Nancy Nelson – Administrative Assistant at Schupmann Elementary
  • Merilee Stone – Assistant Principal at Red Oak Elementary
  • Donna Sutherland – Kindergarten Teacher at Shields Elementary 

25 YEARS

  • Pam Dean – Nurse Aide at Red Oak High
  • Jean Manasan – Bus Driver at Transportation
  • Margaret Wolf – Substitute and Instructional Materials Coordinator at ESC 

30 YEARS

  • Patricia Garcia-King – Teacher/Volleyball & Golf Coach at Red Oak High
  • Wendy Newcomer – Homebound Teacher, Districtwide
  • Marla Nichols – Content Mastery Teacher at Red Oak Middle
  • Melissa Wootton – Anatomy & Physiology Teacher at Red Oak High
  • Maggie Sibley – Special Education Teacher at Red Oak High 

RETIREES

  • Julia Backus – 36 years; Speech Therapist at Eastridge Elementary
  • Mike Bahr – 34 years; Executive Director of Technology at ESC
  • Denise Behrmann – 20 years; Instructional Coach at Shields Elementary
  • Cindy Belote – 37 years; GT Teacher at Shields Elementary
  • Andrea Brown – 29 years; Computer Teacher at Red Oak Elementary
  • Kathie Garrett – 24 years; 3rd Grade Teacher at Schupmann Elementary
  • Melissa Hancock – 26 years; GT Teacher at Schupmann Elementary
  • Marcia Howard – 26 years; Computer Lab Aide at Eastridge Elementary
  • Jay Johnson – 25 years; Teacher, Head Baseball Coach at Red Oak High
  • Laura Kennedy – 23 years; PEIMS Clerk at Red Oak Elementary
  • Donna Knight – 34 years; Community & Family Services Coordinator at ESC
  • Buster Lewis – 13 years; Bus Driver at Transportation
  • Christine Mullins – 29 years; 7th Grade ELAR Teacher at Red Oak Middle
  • Jan Myers – 26 years; 5th Grade Teacher at Eastridge Elementary
  • Judi Peterson – 24 years; Administrative Assistant at Red Oak Middle
  • Larry (Rusty) Pierce – 19 years; Custodian at Support Services
  • Elizabeth Pollard – 21 years, Speech Therapy Assistant at Wooden Elementary
  • Deborah Sikes – 28 years; Fine Arts Teacher at Red Oak Elementary
  • Carroll Svrcek – 31 years; Student Nutrition Manager at Wooden Elementary
  • Nancy Toney – 40 years; Executive Director of Assessment & Accountability at ESC
  • Rowdy Wildman – 21 years; Content mastery Teacher at Red Oak Middle

CAMPUS TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

  • Annie Pelletier, 4th Grade Math Teacher at Eastridge Elementary
  • Dori Barrett, Kindergarten Teacher at Red Oak Elementary
  • Rachelle Bergman, 4th Grade Teacher at Schupmann Elementary
  • Kristi Pickard, 4th Grade Teacher at Shields Elementary
  • Taylor Morris, 5th Grade Teacher at Wooden Elementary
  • Dana Nabors, 8th Grade PreAP/ELAR Teacher at Red Oak Middle
  • Stephanie Smith, Content Mastery Teacher at Red 0ak High 

DISTRICT SUPERLATIVES  

  • Elementary Teacher of the Year | Taylor Morris, 5th Grade Teacher at Wooden Elementary
  • Secondary Teacher of the Year | Stephanie Smith, Content Mastery Teacher at Red 0ak High
  • Auxiliary Employee of the Year | Desirae Henry, Custodian at Shields Elementary
  • Paraprofessional of the Year | Tonya Myers, Aide at Red Oak High
  • Elementary Support Staff of the Year | Kelly Hartman, Library Media Specialist at Red Oak Elementary
  • Secondary Support Staff of the Year | Christy Helms & Maggie Ortiz, Nurses at Red Oak Middle
  • Rookie of the Year | Ron Pearson, Special Education Teacher at Schupmann Elementary
  • Donald T. Shields Heart of a Champion | ROISD Technology Department Executive Director Mike Bahr