CCISD Announces 2019 Teachers of the Year

CCISD Announces 2019 Teachers of the Year
Posted on 05/24/2019
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The Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City honored Clear Creek ISD’s 44 campus teachers of the year and announced the 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year during a luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center on May 20, 2019.

Lyzette Ruiz of Ed White Elementary was chosen as the 2019 CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. The Kindergarten teacher has become a leader on her campus by supporting campus and district initiatives to build stronger literacy foundations and improve personalized learning strategies. As Ruiz explained in her Teacher of the Year application, “I have a strong desire to empower students to take ownership of their own learning and give them the opportunity to rejoice in their capabilities.”

Clear Brook High School science teacher, Alaina Garza, is the 2019 CCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. A 12-year CCISD teacher, Garza works to cultivate a passion for science through a variety of techniques for different learning styles. Outside the classroom, she is dedicated to promoting self-advocacy in all her students by supporting student-centered platforms such as TEDxClearBrookHighSchool and Safe School Ambassadors. “By asking questions, students will generate their own ideas,” Garza stated. “As educators, we must create platforms for them to express and exchange these ideas.”

“Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City for their ongoing support of our outstanding teachers in Clear Creek ISD,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith. “Together with our Rotary Clubs, we are proud to applaud these special educators for inspiring their school communities.” 

Clear Creek ISD congratulates both Lyzette Ruiz and Alaina Garza, as well as the other four 2019 finalists: Ashley Hosek, Bauerschlag Elementary 1st grade teacher; Angela Sanders, Greene Elementary 3rd grade teacher; Kelly Boultinghouse, League City Intermediate science teacher; and Laura Dunham, Clear Lake High School Family and Consumer Science teacher. Click here to view the full list of campus Teachers of the Year.

Ruiz and Garza will now advance to the regional and then possibly state selection process for Texas Teacher of the Year. In addition to $1,500 from the Rotary Clubs of League City, Seabrook and Space Center, the Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year will each receive a custom commemorative ring from Balfour. Finalists received $750 each. Click here to learn more about the 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year and here to learn more about the 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

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