Kilgore ISD announced its Teachers of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year at a Monday evening meeting of the district’s board of trustees.
KISD named Teachers of the Year for each of its five individual campuses and, from those five, also announced their choice for secondary and elementary teacher of the year for the entire district.
Superintendent Dr. Andy Baker made the announcement as he and trustees met with social distancing guidelines in place in a room in the KISD Administration Building, broadcasting the meeting on a video conference.
While classes at at KISD have not been held on campus since mid-March, district teachers and staff have been assigning homework and learning packets for their students while also working to keep the district running during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Campus Teachers of the Year for individual campuses are:
· Amy Moffett, First grade teacher at Kilgore Primary School
· Sara Alfred, music teacher at Chandler Elementary
· Tracey Smith, Fourth grade math and science teacher at Kilgore Intermediate School
· Karen Sells-Duckett, resource teacher at Kilgore Middle School
· Johna Tritt, English teacher — Lead / UIL Co-Coordinator at Kilgore High School
Following the announcement, Baker moved on to name the district-level Teachers of the Year.
“You take your campus levels and then we come back together and do our surveys with our staff come back and announce our district Teachers of the Year.”
District Secondary Teacher of the Year is Johna Tritt at KHS and District Elementary Teacher of the year is Sara Alfred at Chandler Elementary.
Board trustee Dereck Borders pointed out Tritt had been named Campus Teacher of the Year previously and Baker acknowledged this previous award was a factor which had been discussed when nominating her for District Teacher of the Year.
KISD names Teachers of the Year for annually at the end of each school year based on nominations from fellow teachers and a review by district faculty and staff.