Bullard ISD seeking community input for second annual Teacher of the Year program

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The administration of Bullard Independent School is continuing a program aimed at celebrating the contributions made by Bullard ISD teachers through the second annual Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program.

"Bullard ISD has great teachers who go above and beyond basic teaching and are critical to the success of our students," said Laura Jones, Bullard ISD Communications/Human Resources Specialist. "We are very proud of every teacher in the district. Through the Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program, we are able to create an opportunity to formally recognize those teachers, on every campus level, which set themselves apart as exemplary teachers and individuals."

According to Jones, the purpose of Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program is to not only to recognize teachers at the campus and district level, but to tie the program into the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Teacher of the Year program, with the potential for the selected teacher to advance to regional, state, and national Teacher of the Year contests.

"Each campus will have a Selection Committee comprised of an administrator and multiple peers who will review all applicants and select the Campus Teacher of the Year for each school,” said Jones. “Teachers will be evaluated based upon recommendations and overall excellence -- in the classroom, as role models, and as valuable members of the Bullard community."

After the Teachers of the Year are selected from the six Bullard ISD campuses, the teachers will then be evaluated by a district-wide selection committee, which will select one Elementary District Teacher of the Year, including teachers from pre-Kindergarten to sixth grade, as well as one Secondary District Teacher of the Year, ranging from seventh to 12th grades.

According to Jones, some of the factors that will be considered as part of the Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year selection process include the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues; and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

Students, parents, and community members nominating Bullard ISD teachers for the Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program are encouraged to address a number of factors in their recommendation, including teaching skill and dedication; respect for and rapport with students with parents and/or coworkers; and contributions to school and/or community groups and activities.

Jones said the Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program helps to better the quality of education provided to Bullard ISD students.

"Our future lies with our students, and our teachers play a significant role in shaping students' lives and futures," said Jones. "By recognizing exceptional teachers, we are simply saying thank you for the hard work, time, dedication and support they put into the students of Bullard ISD. Their commitment to excellence in teaching, encouraging students, and community involvement set them apart as role models for the next generation.”

According to Jones, the Bullard ISD Teacher of the Year program will be sponsored by Cooperative Teachers Credit Union. CTCU will provide awards for each campus teacher selected, as well as a prize for the District Teachers of the Year selected through the program.

All of the teachers selected as Bullard ISD Teachers of the Year will be honored at an event scheduled for the end of the school year.

In its first year during the 2015-2016 school year, Bullard ISD teachers selected as Teachers of the Year included Bullard Primary School Interventionist Gwen Dupree, Bullard Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Robin Smith, Bullard Intermediate School Fifth Grade Science Teacher Lisa Langston, Bullard Middle School Eighth Grade Language Arts Teacher Alison Walker, and Bullard High School Anatomy and Physiology Teacher Diana Turner.

Nominations for the BISD Teacher of the Year program end Friday, March 18. For more information, visit www.bullardisd.net.

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