The Dripping Springs Education Foundation is proud to honor DSISD teachers through the Teacher of the Term program. Each term a teacher from one of the schools in our district will be recognized, with each campus determining who, and how, that teacher will be selected. This year, we are pleased to announce that SouthStar Bank (formerly) is sponsoring our Teacher of the Month program.
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented
Term 6, 2014-15 Teacher of the Term awards to the
Amy Caldera of DSMS is the Teacher of the Term winner!
Congratulations Teacher of the Term for DSES-Maribel Ryburn!
Congratulations to Teacher of the Term for Walnut Springs Elementary- Marisa Vickery!
Jeanenne Maenius (middle) receiving the RSE ToT award on 5/20/2015
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented
Term 5, 2014-15 Teacher of the Term awards to the
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented Term 4, 2014-15 Teacher of the Term awards to the following teachers:
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented Term 3, 2014-15 Teacher of the Term awards to the following teachers:
- Jamie Biel, DSHS
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented Term 2, 2014-15 Teacher of the Term awards to the following teachers:
- Katie Henry, DSHS
- Kathy Cummings, RSE
- Denise Thomas, WSE
- Lindsay Lester, DSMS
- Jennifer Hurst, DSE
The Walnut Springs Elementary Teacher of Term 1, 2014-15 is Sherilyn Beard.
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented Rooster Springs Elementary School teacher, Katie Hollis, with its Teacher of the Term Award. Katie is our Facilitator of Learning and Innovation. She encourages and inspires everyone to improve instruction every day and has created a special day “Innovation Day” which impacted the students in such a way, they are still talking about it. Her contribution to our learning environment is immeasurable . Pictured are Katie Hollis (ctr) receiving her award and a Visa gift card of $100 from Joyce Adams of Lone Star Bank (r), and Katie’s husband Charles (l). Lone Star Bank generously underwrites the Teacher “Life Changer” award program for the DS Education Foundation.
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presented Dripping Springs Elementary School teacher, Lisa O’Banan, with its Teacher of the Term Award. Lisa is a second grade teacher who is truly gifted at reaching her students through incredible patience and mutual respect. She exhibits exemplary mentoring skills and support through her passion for teaching and individual instruction; both for her students and other teachers. Pictured are Lisa O’Banan (rt.) receiving her award and a Visa gift card of $100 from Leigh Anne Sleigh of Lone Star Bank (3rd from rt.), Brad Bernero DSEF Board Member (2nd from rt.) and Dr. Mary Jane Hetrick DSEF Board Member (far right). Lone Star Bank generously underwrites the Teacher “Life Changer” award program for the DS Education Foundation.
The 2nd DSEF / Lone Star Bank Teacher of the Term award was presented this morning at DSHS to Jeff Bixby. In the attached photo, Jeff is shown with DSEF Board Members Michael Brack and Caroline Pekarek. He was selected by Joe Burns and this is what Mr. Burns had to say about Jeff:
“Over the years Jeff has become an exceptional teacher and campus leader at DSHS. Jeff is always willing to teach multiple preps and this year is not any different. He is currently teaching three courses in our AP program; AP World History, AP Psychology, and AP Government. Along with his teaching load, for the 2014/15 school year Jeff has taken on several new roles including a department chair role for social studies and working as the asst. debate coach. For the second year, Jeff is also leading the DSHS Academic UIL Team. Jeff’s team of coaches will be working hard to win the UIL district title for the 3rd consecutive year.”
Most importantly Jeff is a master teacher that leads his students to a deeper understanding of the world around them on a daily basis. DSHS would not be the same without him and we would like to take this time to thank him for all the many things he does for our students.”
Teacher of the Term, Fall 2014, Keri Gohlke from DSMS
Dripping Springs Middle School “Teacher of the Term,” KERI GOHLKE, was recognized by her students in a school-wide vote. Mrs. Gohlke is a 6th grade math teacher who impresses her students by making learning fun! “She is my favorite teacher; supportive and creative” in her student’s words. The DS Education Foundation is able to provide the Life Changer award due to the generous support of Lone Star Bank. Pictured are DSEF rep. (left), Mrs. Gohlke (center) and Lone Star Bank rep. Ms. Slack (right).
May 2014 Teacher of the Month, Karalise Leifeste of WSES
Karalise has been teaching Pre-K at Walnut Springs Elementary for 5 years. This year she has gone above and beyond by entering the Austin Annual Bikes Event for Kids to win a bike for one of her students, serving on the WSES Social Committee and participating as a Faculty Sponsor for the WSES Green Team…and she is always energetic and smiling!
May 2014 Teacher of the Month, Jennifer Haas of RSES
RSE Principal Diane Bernero says of Jennifer Hasas, “I nominate Jennifer Haas for Rooster Springs Teacher of the Month. Jennifer is a 4th grade teacher that consistently makes every child’s day exciting and meaningful. Our student are so lucky to have her. ”
April 2014 Teacher of the Month is Chandler Klein of DSES
First grade teacher, Chandler Klein works very hard to make sure that all of her students feel safe at school, and creates a nurturing learning environment. She truly cares for each child as if they were their own. She has gone above and beyond to help a student in her classroom who was struggling with making good choices. She set him up on a positive behavior plan, followed through on constant communication with the family, and made sure to recognize the positive! She has also volunteered to implement blended learning in her classroom, and has done a lot of research on best practices in blended learning and how to reach all students. Chandler is a real life changer and we feel blessed to have her on our team at Dripping Springs Elementary!
Students have their vote — March 2014 Teacher of the Month
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presents Middle School History Teacher and Coach Stephen Mihill with its Teacher of the Month Award for March 2014. Coach Mihill was selected for this honor by the Middle School students themselves. The students describe Coach Mihill as “a really great teacher who has a really good sense of humor.” They explain that “he knows how to teach us when we are struggling” and “he pushes us to be our best.” Principal Blake Hays elaborates, “Coach Mihill is a great part of this school and has impacted the lives of countless students!”
February 2014, Teacher of the Month, DSHS Physics Teacher, Tracy Cooper
Tracy Cooper is a master teacher who is dedicated to her students both in and out of the classroom. Over the years Tracy has become more and more skilled at designing lessons that encourage students to become problem solvers and to think critically. Although Tracy teaches physics her students acquire skills that go well beyond the classroom. She inspires her students to be life long learners and she equips them with the confidence they need to be highly accomplished problem solvers.
Info provided by Joe Burns, DSHS Principal
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presents Walnut Springs Elementary School Life Skills Teacher Mary Buchanan with its Teacher of the Month Award for December 2013.
Ms. Buchanan was chosen as Teacher of the Month by the faculty of Walnut Springs. They emphasized that, in addition to being a “wonderful Life Skills teacher,” Ms. Buchanan is one of the coordinators of the Walnut Springs “Green Team” who “selflessly gives her own time to students outside her class to teach them about gardening and being ‘Green’!”
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presents two winners for November Teacher of the Month! Jennifer Weger of DSES and Peggy Young of RSES
Jennifer Weger of DSES
“Jennifer is a standout teacher because of her sheer dedication to her students. She is passionate about the subjects she teaches and her enthusiasm is infectious! She is extremely caring and customizes her approach to meet the needs of all students. Here is a quote that reminds us of Jennifer:
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
William A. Ward
— Tricia Hassell, Principal at Dripping Springs Elementary
Peggy Young of RSES, Teacher of the Month, November 2013
Peggy Young is an exemplary 4th grade teacher. She is committed to making sure that all of her students achieve. She takes time to know every student and builds on their strengths. Peggy not only works to make sure her students do their best, but she also leads her team. She supports her colleagues in every way she can. Peggy exemplifies Lifelong learning. She is always seeking ways to implement best practices in her classroom. Her ability to work with others and see the big picture makes her an excellent team leader.
— Diane Bernero, Principal at Rooster Springs Elementary
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presents DS Middle School Teacher Caris Vollentine with its Teacher of the Month Award for October 2013.
Over 300 DSMS students participated in the selection process. They emphasized that Ms. Vollentine is “loved by her students” and “patient, supportive, funny, forgiving, and enthusiastic.” The students described Ms. Vollentine as “a teacher who puts forth so much effort to make sure we have an enjoyable learning experience.”
Pictured is Ms. Vollentine receiving her award and a Visa gift card for $100 from Foundation Board Member Dr. Jim Misko (l) and Brent Gibbs, President of Lone Star Bank (r).
Sara Freeman — September 2013 Teacher of the Month
The Dripping Springs Education Foundation presents DSHS Teacher Sara Freeman with its Teacher of the Month Award for September 2013.
“Sara is an amazingly gifted math teacher who creates a wonderful learning environment for her students,” says DSHS Principal Joe Burns.
The Teacher of the Month program is generously underwritten by Lone Star Bank.
“Our teachers are the heartbeat of our District. It is because of their expertise and dedication to their work that our District is regarded as one of the top school districts in the state — and the nation. They are truly the Life-Changers in our schools. ” ~DSEF President, John Doucet.