Every teacher deserves a pat on the back for their dedicated work in educating our future and tonight the Wichita Falls I-S-D did just that for 38 special educators who were nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award.
Each nominee was chosen by staff members of the different elementary schools in the district.
A selection committee then reviewed each application to determine the finalist.
The runner up teachers named were Ronda Davis, who teaches 5th Grade Reading/English/Language Arts and Social Studies at Ben Franklin Elementary and Shelly Yeakley from Cunnighham Elementary who teaches 4th and 5th Grade Science and Social Studies.
Lori Pitts is the 2013 Teacher of the Year. She has been an educator for 20 years now, 15 of that has been spent at West Foundation Elementary. She has been at the school since the doors opened and now goes by the nickname of Founding Mother.
Teacher of the Year Lori Pitts says, "I see my children as they are my gift for one year and it is a small window of opportunity and I know at the end of the year when I have to let them go to the next grade level to see how much they have changed, to see the growth and the change that they have made in a year, that to me is new every year and it never gets old and to see that transformation year after year."
Many of Pitts coworkers gathered outside of tonight's banquet to congratulate her on this accomplishment.
She teaches fourth grade Reading and Social Studies at West.
Pitts will now go on to compete for Regional Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations to Mrs. Pitts!
In her free time she enjoys volunteering at her church and she also delivers Meals on Wheels in the summer.