Pasadena ISD honors the Teachers of the Year

Pasadena ISD honors the Teachers of the Year
Posted on 05/22/2017
Pasadena ISD honors the Teachers of the Year

By Jade Wise

PISD Communications

South Shaver Elementary’s Gloria Dimas and South Houston High School’s Brenda Varvoutis will represent Pasadena ISD in the Regional Teacher of the Year competition in the elementary and secondary categories.

The two educators were honored recently as Pasadena ISD’s Teachers of the Year during a luncheon at the Lewis Career and Technical High School.

Dimas, a first grade bilingual teacher, was surprised and humbled to receive Pasadena ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year award.

“It is such an honor not only to represent South Shaver Elementary but all of Pasadena ISD,” Dimas said.

Varvoutis, a choir teacher at South Houston High School, echoed Dimas’s surprise when she learned she received the award for Pasadena ISD’s secondary ‘Teacher of the Year.’

“It’s so unusual for a fine arts teacher to be chosen,” said Varvoutis. “I accept it on behalf of all the fine arts teachers in our district who work so hard and do so much for our students.”

The Texas Teacher of the Year program annually honors teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education. This recognition is considered the highest honor the state can bestow upon a teacher.

Each of Pasadena ISD's 67 campuses recognizes a campus teacher of the year and a committee selects the two teachers to represent the district at the regional level.

In addition, the district recognized Hallie Riley, Garfield Elementary; Jessica Sargent, Kendrick Middle School; Kimhong Nguyen, South Houston Intermediate and Casey Crews, Lewis Career and Technical High School as the district’s New Teachers of the Year