Memorial outdoor education instructor Coach Lloyd Love (middle) was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Pictured: Assistant principals Tish Eubanks, Cleveland Lee, Angela Kennedy, Coach Lloyd Love, JonThompson, Jeremy Richardson, Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Mike Adams, Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union CEO Linda Lukaszewski, and Dr. Troy McCarley, associate superintendent of campus development.
Dr. Powell congratulates Turner third grade teacher Patricia Wright on being named the Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Pasadena ISD is celebrating the achievements of six extraordinary faculty members who have been honored as the district’s 2016 Teachers of the Year and New Teachers of the Year.
The Teachers of the Year are: Memorial outdoor education teacher Lloyd Love and Turner third grade teacher Patricia Wright.
The New Teachers of the Year are: Rayburn physics teacher Joe Duda, Park View seventh grade math teacher Rachel Matthews, Schneider social studies teacher Daniel Frazier and Jessup fourth grade teacher Jason Juneau.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. DeeAnn Powell and district administration delivered the news by surprising the teachers in their classrooms with gift baskets generously donated by Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union, the official sponsor of the 2016 Teacher of the Year and New Teacher of the Year recognition programs for Pasadena ISD.
Teachers of the Year
Love was named the winner of the District Secondary Teacher of the Year award.
“I thought you guys were coming in for a fishing lesson,” Love joked. “I couldn’t’ do it without all of you and the support of my students. They are the ones who tell me what they want to learn. They are the reason why I am in it still today.”
As an educator in the community for 32 years, Love has combined his experiences teaching biology, life science and physical education to expand learning beyond the classroom to the great outdoors through his outdoor class.
The class allows students to become certified in hunting and boating from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Love has been recognized throughout the state for his accomplishments. He was named the Dallas Ecological Foundation Educator of the Year for promoting a sense of passion, enthusiasm and responsibility for the outdoors among students.
When he is not teaching, he coaches the boys cross country team. Under his direction, the team has competed at the regional level seven times.
Wright was named the winner of the Elementary Teacher of the Year award.
Wright has dedicated 33 years of service to teaching and inspiring young minds in Pasadena ISD. She graduated with a bachelor’s in education from the University of Houston in 1975 and received certification to teach grades Pre-K through eighth grade. She continues to making a positive impact on students as a third grade teacher at Turner.
“Patricia is a master teacher whose instructional strategies remain innovative and fresh,” Donna Duke, Turner principal said. “The parents respect and appreciate her and are willing to work with her to provide students with the best educational opportunities possible.”
The Teachers of the Year are invited to attend the Region 4 award ceremony and are eligible to apply for Texas Association of School Administrator’s Teacher of the Year award.
New Teachers of the Year
This year, Pasadena ISD honored new teachers of the year for elementary, middle, intermediate and high school.
The High School New Teacher of the Year recipient is Duda, known to his peers as one of the Midtown Boys.
In just one year, Duda has made a major impression on the Rayburn community for providing students with an engaging learning experience as a physics teacher. He received a Bachelor of Physics degree last year from Illinois State University and moved to the Midtown area with a friend and peer, John Ratko, to become part of the Rayburn staff. He has presented at district wide staff development meetings and he has written physics curriculum for the entire school district.
“Joe lives and breathes for the well-being of our students here at Rayburn,” Robert Stock, Rayburn principal said. “In the short time that he has been here, he has exemplified what it means to be an educator: leader, mentor and changer of lives.”
Matthews, the new intermediate teacher of the year, joined Pasadena ISD in August as a seventh grade math teacher at Park View. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and then a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in respiratory care in 2000. She decided to pursue a career in education and in just a year has created a positive learning environment for students and staff.
“She continuously creates an enriching classroom by incorporating various instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students,” Robert Hasson, Park View principal said.
Frazier was named the recipient of the New Middle School Teacher of the Year. Frazier is a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a police officer in New Orleans before starting this school year in Pasadena ISD as a social studies teacher at Schneider. He attended Southern University A&M College to study criminal justice.
When he is not dressing up in an elf costume for the school’s Spartan Jingle Jam, he is often seen having meaningful conversations with students, motivating them to achieve their goals.
“He builds relationships with all students and brings out the best in each child,” Kristin Still, Schneider principal said.
Pasadena ISD honored Juneau as the New Elementary Teacher of the Year.
In just one year, Juneau has successfully created a community of math learners, helping students discover the best way to master learning objectives. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Sam Houston State University and decided to pursue a career in education.
“We are definitely at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Mr. Juneau’s potential as an extraordinary teacher,” Ryan Pavone, Jessup principal said. “He makes learning math seem easy for students.”
Dr. Powell and other administrators surprise Love in his classroom.
Patricia Wright receives a basket from Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union after being named the Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Park View seventh grade math teacher Rachel Matthews' mentor, Jean Duffy, congratulates her on being named the Intermediate New Teacher of the Year.
Gulf Coast Educators FCU CEO Linda Lukaszewski (left) presents a basket of appreciation to Rachel. Also pictured: Dr. McCarley, Steve Laymon, associate superintendent of campus development, Park View Principal Robert Hasson, Jaclyn Sweet, asst. principal, and Jamie Lusk, asst. principal.
Rayburn physics teacher Joe Duda is named the High School New Teacher of the Year. Pictured: Allison Lewallen, asst. principal; Gulf Coast EFCU CEO Linda Lukaszewski; Dr. Rhonda Parmer, associate superintendent of campus development; Midtown Boys Joe Duda and John Ratko; Temeka Brown, asst. principal; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Robert Stock, Rayburn principal; and Dr. Troy McCarley, associate superintendent of campus development.
Jessup fourth grade teacher Jason Juneau receives a gift of appreciation from Gulf Coast Educators FCU for being named the Elementary New Teacher of the Year.
Pictured: Dr. Powell, Dr. Parmer, Jason Juneau, Ryan Pavone, Jessup principal, Lukaszewski and Dr. McCarley.
Schneider social studies teacher Daniel Frazier, III, has been named the Middle School New Teacher of the Year.
Pictured with Frazier (middle): Dr. McCarley, Dr. Powell, Schneider Principal Kristin Still, Juanita Rosas, asst. principal and Marco Lopez, asst. principal.