WFISD teachers win West Foundation Teaching Excellence Awards

A select group of local teachers is getting recognized for their hard work in the classroom.

Twenty teachers from the Wichita Falls Independent School District were named the 2012 West Foundation Teaching Excellence Award winners.

These teachers were nominated by their peers such as principals and administration.

West Foundation President Kim Dinsdale says these teachers' dedication should be praised.

"They are the most important influences on our children," Dinsdale says. "They have them five days a week, eight hours a day."

Dinsdale says, "The trust imposed on them for taking care of our children is huge. I think excellence is teaching should be recognized."

Each teacher received a certificate and a $5,000 check on Monday.

A list of the winners:

Christina Scruggs - Alamo, 1st-6th grade Art

Christi Guess - Crockett, Content Mastery/Inclusion/Response To Intervention

Karen Albus - Cunningham, Dyslexia/Response To Intervention

Kim Wilkins - Fain, 3rd grade Math

Tina Miller - Jefferson, 5th & 6th grade Reading

Mindy Tedford - Lamar, 4th grade Math

Miranda Havins - Ben Milam, 4th grade Math

Amy Gilleland - Scotland Park, 3rd grade

Brandi Rye - Sheppard AFB, PreKindergarten

Jayne Gregg - Barwise, 7th grade PreAP English/Language Arts

Reese Inman - Barwise, 7th grade PreAP Social Studies

Michelle McCann - Kirby, Math

Jackie McCartney - Kirby, Digital Media

Micky Miller - McNiel, 7th grade PreAP Texas History

Robert Borgman - Hirschi, 9th-12th grade Geometry, Exit Level TAKS, Math Models

Stephanie Brownie - Hirschi, 9th-12th grade IB Theatre

Tami Davis - Hirschi, 10th-12th grade English

Patrica Collins - WFHS, TAKS Reading

Deborah Gonzales - WFHS, PreAP World History

Daniel Harris - WFHS, World Geography

The West Foundation has recognized 580 teachers for teaching excellence in the classroom since the inception of the award in 1983.

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