Memorial HS

 Rosalie Rodriguez

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Rosalie Rodriguez

Rosalie grew up in Dilley, Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

She is currently an educator at Memorial High School where she has taught for two years and is pleased to instill the love for learning in her students.

“I believe every student can perform at a top-level and my goal is to be the teacher to help them reach their highest potential.”

When asked what she enjoys about teaching in Edgewood ISD, she says it’s being able to make learning fun. “I learned mathematics differently growing up. So, I do my best to provide engaging experiences for my students and they appreciate it.”

As for being nominated Teacher of the Year, Rodriguez says she feels very proud for this accomplishment. “It feels great to be recognized for my work ethic, especially when my fellow educators ask me for assistance.”

Join us in congratulating Rosalie, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Memorial High School!

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#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Rosalie Rodriguez, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at Memorial High School! ๐ŸŽ 

Loma Park ES

 Evangelina Perez

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Evangelina Perez

Evangelina grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Edgewood High School. She pursued higher education at Our Lady of the Lake University, earned her bachelor's degree from Trinity University, and completed her master's at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Perez began teaching at Las Palmas Elementary for 15 years and later returned to continue her success at Loma Park Elementary. Her devotion to teaching is providing her students with the necessary tools to be successful and ensuring they complete the school year. “Their desire to learn and exceeding my expectations is what motivates me each day.” She calls Edgewood home and is proud of the area she resides in. “My colleagues make me feel as I’m part of a family.” In her many years as an educator, she is grateful for the support from administration, teachers, and parents. As for being nominated Teacher of the Year, Perez says she was surprised. “I’ve been with the district for many years. It’s great to know my hard work is still noticed.”

Join us in congratulating Evangelina, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Loma Park Elementary School!

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#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Evangelina Perez, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at Loma Park Elementary School! ๐ŸŽ

Lydon B. Johnson ES

 Zoila Vela

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Zoila Vela

Zoila is from the State of Coahuila and moved to Texas 14 years ago. She attended St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas and is now going on her third year as an EISD Bilingual Kindergarten teacher. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Bilingual program here in Edgewood and all the work they are doing for our bilingual students. In all the districts that I have taught in, this is the best one. It’s full of real principals and real teachers who are truly concerned about making our students better. Everybody tries to help each other and there is great teamwork.”

Zoila works toward bettering the lives of her students every day, teaching them that they can achieve anything through hard work.

“When I was younger, I was a low-working student. I remember my teacher saying it's not about being the smartest student, it's about hard work. I try to teach my students every day. If you work hard and advocate to study, you are going to get it done. That’s why I love what I do. My “why” is to help the ones that struggled like me. I always say, ‘el trabajo esmerado constante logra cual quier cosa.’”

Zoila's dedication to her students has earned her the honorable title of Teacher of the Year. A title that makes her very proud and excited for what's to come.

“It was so surprising. I really think that we have wonderful teachers on this campus and I would never imagine that I would get teacher of the year. It's just an honor to represent my school and I'm so excited.”

Join us in congratulating Zoila, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for LBJ Elementary!

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Zoila, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary. ๐ŸŽ

DAEP

 Robert J. Lopez

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Robert J. Lopez

Robert grew up in San Antonio and received his bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in Kansas. He attended on a football scholarship he earned in high school. Lopez has taught at Truman Elementary, Wrenn Middle School and is now continuing his career at Edgewood ISD’s Alternative Education Program at Emma Frey.  Teaching is his gift and he finds a special connection from his background to give back to the students.  “I had opportunities provided for me through my education and athletics, and I want to do my part to ensure my students have the same chances.” He is very humbled for his continued experience as an educator in Edgewood. He says it’s a great place to teach because it feels like a family environment. “Even though we are in a big city, this school district has a small-town feel, and it’s an environment I thrive in.” As for being nominated Teacher of the Year, Lopez says it feels very humbling. “We have a magnificent staff at AEP and they really care about the students. It's an honor to work alongside employees that share the same perception and dedication.” 

Join us in congratulating Robert, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for DAEP! 

Stay tuned for more Teacher of the Year spotlights in the coming weeks! 

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Robert Lopez, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at DAEP! ๐ŸŽ 

Perales ES

 Anabel Alcala

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Anabel Alcala

Meet Anabel the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Alonso S. Perales Elementary School. 

Anabel is from Crystal City, Texas and grew up in a Spanish-speaking migrant family who traveled throughout the country in search of field work. After graduating from high school, Anabel went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross University and a master’s degree from Concordia University. She is the youngest of 12 children and the first in her family to pursue higher education. Anabel says she's always dreamed of becoming a teacher. Now, she is in her 11th year as an Early Childhood educator with three of those years spent at Perales Elementary as a Pre-Kinder teacher. “Since I was young, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher like those I had growing up. The educators I had inspired and motivated me. Every day with my students is an adventure. They’re always so kind and loving.” To Anabel, the Edgewood ISD family is close and tight-knit, always providing each other support when needed. It reminds her a lot of the small, south Texas town called home. “I love the community we have here. It has this small town feeling even though we’re in a big city. As an outsider coming in, you see that and it’s refreshing. Especially coming from Crystal City.” Once hearing the news of her nomination, Anabel felt a mix of emotions. “I was so excited and nervous; I didn’t think that I would be nominated because I’m fairly new to the district. When I saw the email that said I was selected - I was so happy!”

Join us in congratulating Anabel on her nomination as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year!

Roy Cisneros ES

 Celeste Foster

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Celeste Foster

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Celeste Foster, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Cisneros Elementary. ๐ŸŽ

Celeste is from San Juan, Texas and received her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. After relocating to San Antonio in 2008, Celeste began teaching at Roy Cisneros and has devoted the past decade to influencing the lives of her students.

“When I got hired in EISD, it felt like home. I feel like I can relate to the culture and I’ve stayed here so long because I made that connection. Some students carry a lot of weight on their shoulders and every day I strive to give them that relief, even if it’s for a minute. I let them know they are cared for, that we believe in them and they always have someone to talk to.”

Celeste's influence on students is so prominent that many are still in contact with her. She’s even begun receiving Class of 2019 Graduation invites from students in her very first class! Other students will still stop by her classroom from time to time just to say hi or make sure she's having a great day.

“There was one student who was having a tough time and I was able to help him through by finding out what books he loved or lending him my ear to talk. Now, he’s in fourth grade and every day after school he’ll come by my classroom and ask me how I'm doing or if I need help with anything like putting away my computers or tidying up.”

So it was no surprise to many at Cisneros that Celeste would be nominated as Teacher of the Year but the thought hadn't even crossed her mind. “When I found out, I was shocked! These aren't the things that you think about, you know. What really made my heart grow was when my colleagues said, ‘Of course you would get it, why wouldn't you? You're awesome!’ It's so rewarding and affirming to know that I’m doing everything right.”

Join us in congratulating Celeste, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Cisneros Elementary!

Brentwood Middle School

 Megan Prado

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Megan Prado

Megan grew up in Waco, Texas and is a proud Texas State University graduate. This is her first year teaching and she's confident that this is exactly what she was born to do. “I enjoy forming relationships with the kids and spending time watching them grow. Every day we are able to work through challenging situations whether it’s in the classroom, at home or maybe with their friends,” said Megan. Along with teaching the daily curriculum, she also teaches important soft skills that will help her students later in life. “I hope they can see from me that being transparent and authentic about who you are is important, no matter what level of life you are at. I come in everyday honest and transparent about the things I struggle with especially in reading and writing because I think it’s important for them to see that adults struggle too.” For some, their first year teaching may bring a sense of uncertainty of what's ahead, but for Brentwood's Teacher of the Year, Megan exudes a high-energy and excitement for what's to come. “I was overwhelmed and super thankful when I found out I was nominated. I have been put exactly where I need to be for my first year and I'm all about continuing to learn and trying new things. I’m excited to see how I can grow past this recognition. I know I need to keep working hard to help my students.”

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Megan Prado, she is the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Brentwood Middle School. ๐ŸŽ

C.P. Stafford Elementary School

 Jennifer Ramirez

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Jennifer Ramirez

Jennifer grew up here in San Antonio and went on to pursue higher education at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She says she always knew she would come back and teach at Stafford Elementary, the campus that holds a special place in her heart. “My mother was a product of Edgewood. She grew up on 39th Street and went to Stafford Elementary when she was young. So when I applied, it meant so much that I got the call.” Jennifer started out as a permanent substitute teacher and then was hired to teach full time. She has been teaching in EISD for 14 years and says her reason or why for teaching is to make a difference with her students. “I’ve been teaching for so long because I want to inspire and motivate my students. Every morning I get up and say let’s do this, it’s a new day and let’s see how can make a difference,” she said. “The world out there is changing on them and we have to get them ready. I want them to have that feeling of ‘hey can do it’, I want to motivate and encourage them to have that empowerment.” As for her distinguished title of Teacher of the Year, Jennifer says she felt humbled and appreciated. “I feel honored because we have a lot of great teachers. I hope that throughout the year I can continue to show whatever characteristics it was that they saw in me. My mom has since passed away and I always think about if I’m making her proud, I hope that is happening too.” 

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School

 Cynthia Ramirez de Lopez

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Cynthia Ramirez de Lopez

Cynthia grew up in El Paso, Texas and went on to pursue her higher education at The University of Texas at El Paso. While her husband served in the military, Cynthia traveled frequently and taught at schools around the U.S. until she found her home here in Edgewood ISD. She is currently a Bilingual Pre-Kinder Teacher at HBG Elementary and says that teaching has been a passion of hers ever since an experience she had with a dedicated, childhood teacher. “I hated school. I was a bilingual kid who spoke predominately Spanish and I struggled learning English. I didn’t have the skills to read or write until my teacher took the time to pull me aside and teach me. I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with my childhood teachers and share with them my story. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that push.” Today, Cynthia says that being an EISD teacher provides her with the tools she needs to be successful in the classroom. “EISD really allows me to shine within my grade level and to give kids what they really need. I have the flexibility to go in-depth with vocabulary, developing concepts and creating ideas with students that might not be able to develop at home. My focus is on my kids’ needs and I feel that I'm able to use strategies that really encompass those.” After finding out she was nominated Teacher of the Year, Cynthia felt humbled and was sure to credit her peers for their continued support. “I work amongst some wonderful teachers that go above and beyond, I wish we could all get recognized but I feel honored knowing that my peers and even my boss recognized my efforts. One thing I do enjoy is seeing my students want to come in, work with me and show effort. Seeing their faces light up - that’s what gets me in the door every morning.”  

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Cynthia Ramirez de Lopez, she is the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary School.  

John F. Kennedy High School

 Gema Vasquez

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Gema Vasquez

Meet Gema Vasquez, the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for John F. Kennedy High School. Gema was born in Mexico and grew up in Brownsville, Texas. She began her undergraduate career at UT Brownsville then transferred to UT San Antonio where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is a Spanish teacher at JFK High School and has been teaching in Edgewood ISD for 19 years. One thing she enjoys about teaching in EISD is her students. “I enjoy the kidsIf there is anything wrong in my day, it dissolves the minute I start interacting with the kids.” When we asked Gema how she felt about her nomination as Teacher of the Year, she was humbled. “Of course, I appreciate the nomination and the fact that my colleagues feel this way, I appreciate that,” she said. “This is my calling in life and if I’m doing everything right then I’m glad, I’m glad I’m doing a good job,” Gema says that teaching is her purpose in life. She enjoys building relationships with her students and making a change in the community, one that is very similar to her upbringing. “I've come from a similar background as this population and I can identify. I think that it doesn’t matter the subject that you teach, it’s the influence you make in the kids goes beyond the actual subject.” 

Join us in congratulating Gema, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at John F. Kennedy High School!  

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Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Center

 Patricia Preciado-Ramon

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Patricia Preciado-Ramon

Patricia is a proud alumna of Edgewood ISD. She graduated from Memorial High School in 2001 and went on to earn her bachelor's and master's degree from UTSA. Patricia began her teaching career at Winston Elementary and later found her home at Cardenas ECC where she has been teaching Bilingual Pre-K for 12 years. Patricia says her reason for teaching is seeing the progress in her students every day. “For some students, Pre-K is their first experience transitioning from home to school and it can be hard. Throughout the year, I enjoy seeing them mature and start to enjoy class time. Before you know it, they’re ready for Kindergarten.” As for her title of Teacher of the Year, Patricia was surprised and honored she had been nominated. “I couldn’t believe I had been nominated but I am so honored and thankful to my colleagues,” she said. “I have a good rapport and can relate with my students and families. I really enjoy teaching in Edgewood ISD because this is my community. This is my home." โœจ

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Patricia Preciado-Ramon, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for Jose Cardenas Early Childhood Center. ๐ŸŽ

E.T. Wrenn Middle School

 Coach Leila Lockett

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Coach Leila Lockett

Leila is no stranger to the Edgewood community; she has been teaching in Edgewood ISD for 38 years. She pursued higher education at Texas Tech University and began her teaching career at Edgewood Junior High School in 1981. Leila says her reason for teaching is the ability to bring more opportunities of success to students. “Prior to Title IX, I didn’t get to participate in athletics, so I wanted to give young women an opportunity via sports to be more productive citizens in the world. It was a venue for them to be more socially and emotionally involved.” In her many years of teaching in Edgewood ISD, one thing she enjoys the most is seeing growth in her students. “It’s the validation of seeing all the boys and girls turn into young men and women. They go on to become parents and now I’m teaching second or third generations. That’s a plus,” Leila said. After being nominated in 1987 for Teacher of the Year, she didn’t expect to be nominated a second time. “I was surprised, I didn’t expect any of this. To be validated by a lot of young teachers and other teachers on campus is rewarding. It’s rewarding to know that you are appreciated for the things that you are doing.” 

Join us in congratulating Leila on her nomination for 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at Wrenn Middle School! 

#EISDTeacherOfTheYear #EdgewoodProud Meet Leila Lockett, also known as Coach Lockett, 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year for E.T. Wrenn Middle School. ๐ŸŽ