Weatherford Democrat


May 3, 2011

Aledo ISD names teachers of the year Monday

WEATHERFORD — A swarm of Aledo ISD faculty, friends and supporters gathered at Aledo High School’s auditorium to honor educators during the annual Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Award Monday.

More than 30 nominees were announced and presented for awards, including teachers and members of the transportation, maintenance, technology and nutrition departments.

To top off the night, Dottie Simmons and Jim Harvick awarded Lacey Siebold and Deborah Marette honors in paraprofessional and child nutrition awards. Sammy Martin followed by acknowledging Doug Taylor and David Taylor for their efforts in transportation and maintenance, and Leesa Vardeman handed Gayla Gideon with the technology award.

Following a performance by the Aledo ISD choir, 30 teacher nominees gathered on the stage, each receiving a chance to stand up and introduce themselves, as well as their passion, to the crowd.

Jimmy Soules handed out the first award to Jerod Crawford, math and athletics teacher at Aledo High School, for his role as Beginning Teacher of the Year.

Mike Carter, of First Financial Bank, announced Joe Morrow, fifth grade teacher at Vandagriff Elementary, as the Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Jim Harvick presented Debbie Silva, BIC and special education teacher, as the Intermediate Teacher of the Year.

Den Faulk recognized Jessica McCane, science teacher at Aledo High School, as the Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Topping off the honors, Bill Arnold presented Julie Frey, second grade teacher at Stuard Elementary, as the 2011 Teacher of the Year.

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