Mansfield ISD Magazine Summer 2016 - Page 19

Congratulations to MISD’s 2016 Teachers of the Year A NIGHT AT THE M ansfield ISD is proud to announce the two teachers who have earned the honor of being named the district’s 2016 Teachers of the Year. Congratulations to the Elementary Teacher of the Year, Adelina Castillo, and the Secondary Teacher of the Year, Julia Stephen. Adelina Castillo (left) and Julia Stephen (right) received their award and took a picture backstage with Board President Dr. Michael Evans. Castillo is a reading specialist at Alice Ponder Elementary School. She has been teaching for 20 years and joined Mansfield ISD in 2009. She said she is in disbelief to be recognized in such a manner. “I am shocked and pleased that everything I’ve done in the past 20 years has been effective enough to say that I am worthy of this,” said Castillo. “I just love to teach.” Castillo and Stephen were formally recognized at the MISD Employee Award Banquet on Monday, May 9. They will go on to compete in the Education Service Center Region XI Teacher of Year competition and could potentially advance to compete for Texas Teacher of the Year. The process to become MISD’s Teacher of the Year begins by winning at the campus level as the teachers are voted for by their peers based on their hard work and excellence in teaching and leadership. Julia Stephen is a seventh grade science teacher at Brooks Wester Middle School. She has been in education for 14 years and began her service at MISD in 2009. The science teacher said she is overwhelmed. From those 43 winners, a committee selects three finalists from the elementary schools and three from the secondary (intermediate, middle, and “Around the district, there are thousands of incredible teachers,” said Stephen. “It’s a true honor high) schools. The district Teachers of the Year are then chosen from those finalists after a round to be named Teacher of the Year, and it has been an of interviews. incredible journey to go through.” Mansfield School & Family 17