2020-2021 Exemplar Educators
Northwest ISD schools name 2020-2021 Exemplar Educators
Posted on 05/19/2021
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2021 Exemplar Educators from Northwest ISD

Northwest ISD schools have named their Exemplar Educators of the Year, honoring the district’s top teachers by campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Elementary schools spread the awards over every grade level and several educational professions – including art teacher, counselor and librarian – and secondary schools similarly spread the award among a variety of subjects.

Northwest ISD honored these teachers at the district’s annual Inspire Celebration on May 12, where the district’s overall Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year were crowned from the list of winners.

Erin Pitts from Roanoke Elementary School was named Elementary Teacher of the Year.

In her application for the honor, Pitts wrote, "This fall I was given the opportunity to serve students from all over our district by designing asynchronous learning ... What an amazing challenge this has been. I have tried to find that same balance of excitement, challenge, and engagement that I strive for in my classroom, and translate it to a digital platform for students I may never meet."

Jeff Oster from Eaton High School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

In his application, Oster wrote, "My greatest accomplishment as an educator is the building of relationships with students, that supersedes any lesson or assignment I give them...The students may not remember what caused the War of 1812 or who wrote the Federalist #51, but I hope I was able to teach them a little something about life along the way."

Pitts and Oster will represent the district in the Region XI Teacher of the Year competition.

Northwest ISD’s Exemplar Educators, seen in the lists below, were selected by campus staff for their leadership, motivation and effectiveness in the classroom.

 Elementary Exemplar Educators of the Year
School Teacher  Subject 
Beck Elementary Kristen Dixon 3rd Grade
Cox Elementary Logan Hatla 1st Grade
 Curtis Elementary  Jenni Hatfield  Librarian
Granger Elementary Jamie Bell 4th Grade
Haslet Elementary Taylor Bunch Kindergarten
Hatfield Elementary Wendy Branson 1st Grade
Hughes Elementary Suzannah Nielsen 2nd Grade
Justin Elementary Sarah Jones Librarian
Lakeview Elementary Heidi Ellis 4th Grade
 Lance Thompson Elementary Lindsey Hart Gifted and Talented
Love Elementary Tammy Krieger 2nd Grade
Nance Elementary Cindy Hendershott Interventionist
Peterson Elementary Amber Olson 1st Grade
Prairie View Elementary Rick King P.E.
Roanoke Elementary Erin Pitts Music
Schluter Elementary Amanda Hill 4th Grade
Sendera Ranch Elementary Melissa Garcia 4th Grade
Seven Hills Elementary Amy Feind Special Ed.
Thompson Elementary Amanda Wise Kindergarten
Secondary Exemplar Educators of the Year
Adams Middle School  Eva Goins Language Arts
Chisholm Trail Middle School Lori Williams Math
Medlin Middle School Patricia McIntosh Social Studies
Pike Middle School Lauren Smith Social Studies
Tidwell Middle School Jordyn Neiswender Social Studies
Wilson Middle School Heather Dodson Language Arts
Byron Nelson High School Wendy Bramlett Theater
Eaton High School Jeff Oster Social Studies
Northwest High School Kaitlyn Candler Choir
Steele Accelerated High School Patti Hayes CTE
Special Programs Center Jon Phillips
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