Victor Martinez, senior at Lehman High School, could probably choose any career he wants. In high school, the academic and extracurricular accolades abound for him. College holds a bright promise.
Victor chooses to be a teacher.
He testified to this on Wednesday, in front of Hays CISD’s 20 Teachers of the Year, who were lauded with a banquet sponsored by the Hays CISD Education Foundation.
“I have the upmost respect for the hard work that goes into teaching,” he said. “I am passionate about education. It is something I want to do the rest of my life.”
Victor reminded teachers of the impact they make on their students’ lives, saying, “We, your students, are your legacy.”
“Teachers make all of the difference,” he said. “I owe so much to the effort and dedication of my teachers.”
The district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, Ashley Taylor, 4th Grade teacher at Tom Green Elementary School, and Secondary Teacher of the Year, Halley Ortiz, Language Arts teacher at Wallace Middle School, were announced on Wednesday. In addition, Regina Butcher, Assistant Principal of Negley Elementary School, was recognized as the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) Region XIII Assistant Principal of the Year.
The teaching profession is the one profession “that prevails to this day in its importance,” said Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Superintendent of Hays CISD. “Teaching is the cornerstone of preserving our democracy. It is a valuable and courageous enterprise.”
Dr. Lyon, in his first month with the district, noted he is impressed with the environment of collaboration.
“This begins with our teachers,” he said.
The Teachers of the Year were treated to lunch at the Onion Creek Country Club, delivered by limousine, and given flowers and gifts by the Education Foundation. This is the second year for the luncheon sponsored by the Foundation.
The 2009 Hays CISD Teachers of the Year are:
T.J. Moreno Negley Elementary School
Stacey Magnesio Kyle Elementary School
Mandy Taylor Elm Grove Elementary School
Andi Bosar Buda Elementary School
Ashley Taylor Tom Green Elementary School
Karen Bumpous Fuentes Elementary School
Emily Herrin Hemphill Elementary School
Peggy Cuevas Science Hall Elementary School
Michelle McCoy Tobias Elementary School
Marianella Garza Blanco Vista Elementary School
Esmeralda Perez-Gonzales Camino Real Elementary School
Halley Ortiz Wallace Middle School
Rebecca Colonnetta Dahlstrom Middle School
Karen Sinor Barton Middle School
Samantha Tuttle Chapa Middle School
Kerri Espinoza Hays High School
Haylie Sansom Lehman High School
Doug Agnew Academy High School
Judy Schnautz The Impact Center
Tracy Ward Special Education