By Melissa McCaghren
The 2019-20 Teacher of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year finalists and winners were recognized Tuesday evening (May 12) during the Board’s monthly meeting.
Finalists for the elementary level were, from Stephen F. Austin Primary, teacher Laura Cunningham Dawdy, who has taught Kindergarten for three years, and paraprofessional Amy Gaydos, Kindergarten assistant for four years.
Honorees from Cathelene Thomas Elementary, teacher Trisha Englund, who has taught second grade for eight years, and paraprofessional Tonya Diaz, who has been a special education assistant/inclusion/SLC for 16 years.
Winners for the elementary school level were Englund and Gaydos.
Finalists in the secondary school level were, from Slaton Junior High, teacher Sheri Lovette, who has taught sixth grade reading and language arts for three years; and paraprofessional Shannon Wolfe, who has been a special education assistant/inclusion for nine years.
High School finalists were teacher Amanda Langston, who has taught algebra I for five years; and paraprofessional Sophia Vasquez, who has been an assistant for special education/inclusion for 22 years.
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of the Slatonite.