The Kerrville Public School Foundation announced today the two 2013 Teachers of the Year awards. One award was given in the elementary category for teachers of pre-school through grade 5 and the other award was given in the secondary category of teachers in grade 6 through grade 12. Jenny Mitchell, chairperson of the Teacher of the Year selection committee, stated that the purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor exemplary classroom instruction within the Kerrville Public School District.
The Elementary Teacher of the Year award was given to Dee Ann Foley , Starkey Elementary School 4th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. Mrs. Foley has thirty-three years of teaching experience with the past eleven years in her current position at Starkey. The Secondary Teacher of the Year is 7th Grade Math teacher at Hal Peterson Middle School, Leslie Lidiak. Mrs. Lidiak has twenty years of teaching experience with KISD.
Both Teachers of the Year recipients are being recognized for their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students that results in high student achievement. They also have distinquished themselves in the profession by serving on numerous school-wide and district curriculum committees as well as serving as mentors for other colleagues within the education profession.
Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Lidiak were selected from a field of twenty-one nominees: twelve teachers who were nominated from the elementary category and nine teachers nominated from the secondary category. Each Teacher of the Year recipient received a $2500 monetary award and a glass apple inscribed with their name and award.
Jenny Mitchell stated that this was the inaugural year for the Teacher of the Year award program. “ The Kerrville Public School Program is proud to be the sponsor of this prestigious annual awards program and believes that it is a fitting tribute to the excellent teachers of KISD.”