With more than 1,000 people attending, the Socorro Independent School District celebrated its 2018 Teacher of the Year Gala in the Judson F. Williams Hall at the El Paso Convention Center.
The annual event honored its 46 Campus Teachers of the Year and named its top two Teachers of the Year.
Tammy Edwards, from Horizon Heights Elementary School, was named the 2018 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Edwards is a special education teacher and the Gifted and Talented coordinator at her school. She has been teaching for 15 years.
“This is a validation of everything I have been doing for the past 15 years,” Edwards said. “This reignites my passion.”
Eduardo J. Hinojos, from Americas High School, was named the 2018 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. A teacher for 10 years, Hinojos is the Libertas Academy coordinator.
“What an extreme honor it is to represent Socorro ISD,” Hinojos said. “This means everything. In looking at the other finalists, it’s tough. They all do great things. They all deserve it.”
The district elementary and secondary winners will go on to represent SISD in the Region 19 2018 Teacher of Year competition in August.
“Team SISD has the best teachers,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “They educate and treat our students as if they are our very own children!”
The annual event included attendees from all over the district, including the SISD Board of Trustees, teachers, principals, family members and staff members. Each school’s Teacher of the Year and the Elite 8 finalists were recognized at the gala.
Texas State Rep. Mary Gonzalez was the master of ceremonies for the gala.