Magnolia ISD Names Teachers of the Year and Awards $22,000 in Prizes

 Ms. Cowham has sixteen years experience and has taught Language Arts and Social Studies for the past two years for the district. She states, “This is such an honor! I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to work with amazing kids and support them to do their best and never stop learning. I want to be the teacher I never had growing up and make sure my students know that each one is standing on the edge of possibility.”

Ms. Baxter teaches special education Language Arts for 8th grade and has been teaching for the district for 3 years. She explains, “Becoming a teacher is the best decision I have every made! Touching the lives of my students and encouraging each one of them to be the best they can possibly be is the greatest gift.” Ms. Baxter enjoys lighting the fire in the teaching profession. She teaches with integrity and passion and each of her students are ignited by her encouraging spirits.

The district also honored each paraprofessional nominee from each campus naming Tricia Sass from Bear Branch Junior High as the Paraprofessional of the Year.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Stephens, “This is one of my favorite events of the year. We get the opportunity to honor all of the work our teachers do for our kids in front of our board, elected officials and our community. It is evident the Magnolia community values the work of our teachers and it shows through their generous donations to our nominees and winners.”

Members of the community and business leaders honored the teachers of the year with over $22,000 in gifts. Local businesses showed their support through various cash prizes and gift cards. Dillard’s of The Woodlands gave teacher of the year shopping certificate and purse valued at $450. This year’s banquet theme was prevalent as Child & Family Eye Care donated “road trip” baskets to each winner complete with Maui Jim sunglasses, a gift certificate to Tommy Bahamas and other essential road trip items valued at $500.

Chick-fil-A of Magnolia presented each winner with a cooler stuffed with a gift certificate, coffee mug and a large plush animal of the infamous cow. Owner and operator Kendrick Skipper also provided gift cards to all the teachers attending the banquet.

The Magnolia Education Foundation and iFly of The Woodlands presented each winning teacher with $500 grant to use in their classroom. C&C Survey honored the winners as well as all the nominees with a cash gift.

Local businesses included the YMCA of Magnolia, Greater Magnolia Chamber, Gullo Ford Family, Outback Western Wear, America’s ER, B&C Constructors, Stuckey’s Contract Services, HEB, Barnes & Noble of The Woodlands, Dilly Leather Jackets, Herff Jones, Office Depot, Texas Renaissance Festival, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, Ricoh USA, EPI, TCG Benefits, Creative Risk Funding, Tomball Sports Medicine, Constable David Hill, YU Engineers, Walsh Gallegos, Anco, Deborah Rose Miller with JProperties, Smile Suite Dental, Under Armour, CDW-G, Avinext and Stewart Builders.

Teachers of the Year Nominees:
Bear Branch Elementary: Heather Cowham
Ellisor Elementary: Lee Ann Morrisey
Lyon Elementary: Ashley McDonald
Magnolia Elementary: Alisa Brown
Magnolia Parkway Elementary: Suzanne Haines
Nichols Sawmill Elementary: Whitney Haig
Smith Elementary: Cindy Dyess
Williams Elementary: Dalila Garcia
Bear Branch 6th Grade: Dena White
Magnolia 6th Grade: Cody Plumlee
Bear Branch Junior High: Sunni Kaiser
Magnolia Junior High: Nancy Baxter
ALPHA Academy: Courtney Vaccaro
DAEP: Eva Gatlin
Magnolia High School: Cindy Hicks
Magnolia West High School: Kimberly Thompson 
Our paraprofessionals of the year are:
Bear Branch Elementary: Melissa Neer
Ellisor Elementary: Jackie Martinez
Lyon Elementary: Jennifer Roberson
Magnolia Elementary: Diana Cruz
Magnolia Parkway Elementary: Glori Carroll
Nichols Sawmill Elementary: Bettie Atchley
Smith Elementary: Angelica Ramirez
Williams Elementary: Olga Gil Juarez
Bear Branch 6th Grade: Tammye Cox
Magnolia 6th Grade: Crystal Kemp
Bear Branch Junior High: Patricia Sass
Magnolia Junior High: Tina Dennis-Jones
ALPHA Academy: Gina Cook
Magnolia High School: Lisa Gage
Magnolia West High School: Amanda Mikus
All photos by Kenneth Taunton