For the second straight year, a Lampasas teacher was selected as a top educator in Central Texas.
Amanda Morris, an interventionist at Hanna Springs Elementary, was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Region 12. She has been a teacher for 14 years.
“This is a great honor and I love it, but I don’t believe I do anything differently from anyone else,” she said.
“I just try to help the students because I want all of them to succeed. I work with a great team of teachers that I learn from at a great campus. It’s not one person who moves a mountain, it takes a team of people.”
Morris and China Spring ISD educator Gina Goldman, who won Secondary Teacher of the Year, were chosen by a selection committee of their peers, according to a statement issued by the Education Service Center Region 12.
The two will serve as ambassadors for public education in Texas by making special appearances, presentations and participating in workshops during the next year. The teachers will be honored at a reception in the fall.
Last year, Sherrie Berry, a Hanna Springs Elementary teacher at the time, was selected as the region’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has since been promoted to a curriculum coordinator in LISD.
“We’re very, very proud of Amanda for being selected as Elementary Teacher of the Year for Region 12,” LISD Superintendent Randy Hoyer said. “It’s pretty impressive; there are 72 school districts in the region with about 130 schools that could nominate a teacher from their campus.”
Hanna Springs Elementary Principal Kevin Bott said the nomination process includes a series of steps that start at the campus level.
“We have a campus-wide election and essay process put out by the staff,” he said. “Every teacher is on the ballot, and then we narrow that down to the finalists. We came up with five or six finalists who wrote essays about their experiences in education, and we had a committee of folks who make that nomination as a group decision.”
Bott believes the hardest part of the selection process is knowing all the teachers work hard and deserve to be recognized. “She’s just a great teacher — I can’t say enough good things about her,” he said.
“You just know she’s one of the teachers that if your child is in her class, they’re going to excel. It’s nice and refreshing when teachers get recognized, and we needed representation to let people know we’re doing great things here.”
Morris has worked for two years as an interventionist, using grade level analysis to help struggling students.