The Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees will honor the 2014 Educators of the Year at its regular board meeting Tuesday.
Each campus Teacher of the Year, as well as four district-wide honorees, will be recognized for their excellence in teaching.
The campus Teachers of the Year are Danielle Hughes, Clements/Parsons Elementary School; Ashlyn Norris, House Creek Elementary School; Yvonne Hoffchen, Martin Walker Elementary School; Stacy Robinson, Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School; Paula Hunter, Hettie Halstead Elementary School; Tanya Dwyer, Williams/Ledger Elementary School; Patricia Bigford, Mae Stevens Elementary School; Brittany Neely, Copperas Cove Junior High School; Jo Warren, S.C. Lee Junior High School; Ronald Cresswell, Avenue E Alternative Learning Center/Crossroads; and Virginia Guerrero, Copperas Cove High School.
This year, Cove ISD administrators chose four educators to recognize from among the district’s talented, skilled and dedicated staff. Last year, the district began a new tradition of honoring a first-year teacher, and this year the district will for the first time recognize an outstanding paraprofessional.
They are Virginia Guerrero, Secondary Teacher of the Year; Yvonne Hoffchen, Elementary Teacher of the Year; Sara Wiger, Rookie Teacher of the Year; and Heike Spears, Paraprofessional of the Year.
“Once again CCISD has the opportunity to recognize our many outstanding educators. We are fortunate to have some of the best and brightest in the field of education working with our students,” said Joe Burns, Cove ISD superintendent of Schools. “As we close the 2013-2014 school year, it is only fitting that we recognize not only the accomplishments of our graduating class, but the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals who make a first-class education possible for all of our students.”
Guerrero teaches Spanish at Copperas Cove High School and has been an educator for more than 15 years. Besides teaching several courses, Guerrero is a mentor to a first-year teacher, an LPAC campus representative, the National Spanish Honor Society sponsor and the campus English as a Second Language teacher, a job entailing what her principal calls “unappreciated duties” that require a great deal of time, effort and attention to detail.
“Mrs. Guerrero’s desire to serve her students is infectious,” said CCHS Principal Earl Parcell. “Mrs. Guerrero is a teacher leader by her example and her student results reflect her effectiveness.”
Hoffchen teaches fourth-grade math at Martin Walker Elementary School. Hoffchen also tutors, sponsors an after-school enrichment club and is known for her hands-on learning techniques. Hoffchen’s principal, Amanda Crawley, said the outstanding teacher sets high expectations and always goes above and beyond. Students always comment on how Hoffchen makes math easy to understand, Crawley said.
“Ms. Hoffchen is known to have a gentle spirit and that is why so many of her students feel safe and welcomed in her class,” Crawley said. “It is also because of her genuine love for her students that they feel her warmth and dedication to meet their needs in any way she can.”
Wiger teaches fifth-grade math at Halstead Elementary School. In her first year teaching, Wiger taught first grade one semester and fifth the next, designed a math STAAR campus for fifth-graders, offered before- and after-school tutoring and was a Robotics Club sponsor.
By focusing on her data that reflects the academic needs of her students and implementing a variety of instructional methods, her scores have shown impressive gains. “Mrs. Wiger, although a rookie teacher, one would never know. She has innovative ideas and strategies to keep her students engaged and successful,” said Halstead Principal Sheri Welch. “She is definitely a natural and was born to teach.”
Spears is an instructional aide at Crossroads High School, where she has served since the school’s inception in 1995 and is considered a huge part of the campus’ success. She is known for going above and beyond for students and doing everything she can to help them graduate.
“She is extremely positive when dealing with anyone at Crossroads,” said interim campus administrator Jerrod Barton. “The students and staff always know that she will do anything to help them.”