Four Young Women's Leadership Academy Teachers Earn FWISD Chair for Teaching Excellence

November 14,2018


Sixteen Fort Worth ISD teachers have been chosen as the 2018-2019 Academic Chairs for Teaching Excellence. Four of those receipients are teachers at Downtown's own Young Women's Leadership Academy. 

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 K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

Parents, principals and colleagues may nominate teachers, or they may self-nominate. Candidates undergo a rigorous three-part evaluation process based on a written application and narrative, an interview session with a distinguished panel of judges, and an authentic teaching demonstration.  There are separate selection committees for each Chair.

The selected teachers will be conferred with the title of Chair for Teaching Excellence for one year and receive a $5,000 honorarium. The campus of the winner will also receive a banner to be displayed in a prominent location.  In addition, a photograph of each winner will be on display at the FWISD Professional Development Center for one year.

This year, Fort Worth ISD received a record number of applications, including representation from all areas of the District.  Central Market is supporting the 2018-2019 Acquisition of Language Chair with a first-time sponsorship, and Lockheed Martin added a third sponsorship for 2018-2019, now supporting Elementary Math & Science, Middle School STEM and High School STEM. 

The sponsors, honorees and their citations are:

Central Market Chair for Teaching Excellence in Acquisition of Language

Maria Ortiz-Garcia, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 

Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career & Technical Education

Colby Allen, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in High School STEM

Sergio Flores, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 

Sewell Lexus & Infiniti of Fort Worth Chair for Teaching Excellence in Humanities

Samantha Keaton, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

 

Angela D. Paulos Chair for Teaching Excellence in Visual Arts

Rachel Varney, Western Hills Primary

 

Bayard H. Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performing Arts

Brandi Waller-Pace, Bruce Shulkey Elementary School

 

Blue Zones Project Chair for Teaching Excellence in Health & Physical Education

Jeff Peters, Rosemont 6th Grade

 

Broadway at the Bass Chair for Teaching Excellence in Dance & Theater

Julia Worthington, Western Hills High School

 

Chase Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary English

Leo Vaughns, Jr., Kirkpatrick Middle School

 

Atmos Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Science

Jodi Sarber, International Newcomer Academy
 

Kroger Chair for Teaching Excellence in Special Education

Lori Cerja, Springdale Elementary School

 

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Reading

Elizabeth Foreman, South Hills Elementary School

 

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Elementary Math & Science

Ashlie Duncan, Sam Rosen Elementary School

 

Lockheed Martin Chair for Teaching Excellence in Middle School STEM

Bradley Leake, McLean Middle School

 

TTI, Inc. Chair for Teaching Excellence in Secondary Math

Chris Workman, Arlington Heights High School

 

XTO Energy Chair for Teaching Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Randi Higgins, Alice Carlson Applied Learning Academy

Congratulations on your achievements!