Fort Worth ISD Honors 2012-13 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence
Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth ISD honored 15 teachers as the 2012-2013 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. The selected teachers received the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence as well as a $5,000 honorarium.
The new Chairs for Teaching Excellence were feted during a December 6 luncheon at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel.
The Chairs for Teaching Excellence program was established in the Fort Worth ISD in 1994. It is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public secondary school setting and for its rigorous selection process.
Teachers may be nominated by parents, principals or colleagues but each nominee must complete a lengthy application and collect written recommendations. If selected for further consideration, the teacher will be interviewed and then must present a teaching demonstration to the selection committee. There are separate selection committees for each Chair.
Many more teachers apply for this honor than are selected. Since its inception, generous sponsors have awarded more than $650,000 to teachers. Teachers selected as Chairs are encouraged to pursue further education and training and to share their knowledge and expertise with colleagues.
Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math
Kimberly Greer, Lowery Road Elementary
Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Science
Deborah Stewart, Como Elementary School
Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts
Phyllis King, South Hills High School
Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts (selected last spring)
Sara Montañez, J.T. Stevens Elementary
Target Chair for Teaching Excellence in Library Science
Courtney Butler, Sam Rosen Elementary
RadioShack Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science
Iris Betancourt, Success High School
Sewell Lexus of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities
Bethanne Chimbel, Arlington Heights High School
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education
Natalie Ayala, Daggett Montessori
Quicksilver Resources Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language
Cara Kuhl, McLean Middle School
Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career and Technology Education
Darcy Deupree, Southwest High School
Freese and Nichols Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Mathematics
Jennifer Nicholson, North Side High School
XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Gillian Nash, Sunrise McMillan Elementary School
Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education
Jimmie Nealey, West Handley Elementary
Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English
Renee Peters, North Side High School
Outreach Communications Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading
Rhonda McGuire, L. Clifford Davis Elementary School
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