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2023 ESC Region 13 Teacher of the Year

Each year, we honor the standout educators across Region 13 school districts in our Teacher of the Year awards program. Two of these incredible nominees will be selected as our Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year on August 10!

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Elementary Teacher of the Year: Kari Johnston

Congratulations to our 2023 Elementary Teacher of the Year: Kari Johnston! Kari has worked in Austin ISD at Perez Elementary for 4.5 years as a dual language fifth-grade teacher. When she was first nominated for this award she said “I believe that my role as a bilingual educator is both to teach objectives and sustain the culture and language of my students through a curriculum that is representative of their lived experiences. I’m excited to celebrate with my students. This has been a time of growth and renewal and I’m so excited to celebrate that with them.”

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Secondary Teacher of the Year: Andrea Larson

Congratulations to our 2023 Secondary Teacher of the Year: Andrea Larson! Andrea has worked in Round Rock ISD at McNeil High school for 20 years as an English Language Learner Teacher. “One of my core beliefs is that every story matters,” Larson said “Every person has a story to tell and when we make space for the telling of those stories and time to really listen, we become transformed. Sharing stories allows us to see the threads of experience that bind us all together, and sharing stories highlights the amazing diversity that exists even among people who might otherwise seem so like us.”

the nominees

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Our nominees for elementary teacher of the year are an integral part of our community in Central Texas. Each of these incredible educators helps our elementary students grow and establish a foundation for success.

lago vista isd

Stacey Bingham

lake travis isd

Laura Browning

elgin isd

Rebecca Core

pflugerville isd

Christina Crouch

dripping springs isd

Whitnee Dunn

san marcos cisd

Claudia Gonzalez

lockhart isd

Catherine Grimm

fredericksburg isd

Robin Grumbles

gonzales isd

Pamela Hamilton

del valle isd

Maria Hinojosa

comfort isd

Cacy Hopkins

austin isd

Kari Johnston

marble falls isd

Sonia Marroquin

manor isd

Alma Medrano Padron

georgetown isd

Hannah Mize

liberty hill isd

Cassidy Ness

hays cisd

Laura Prendergast

bastrop isd

Nadia Ramirez

ut charter school system

Norma Robinson

taylor isd

Laura Sanchez

round rock isd

Daniel Stewart

jarrell isd

Carol Sukup

the nominees

Secondary Teacher of the Year

Our nominees for secondary teacher of the year help nurture our students’ passions and prepare them for adult life. Each of these incredible educators makes a lifelong impact on our students and our community.  

austin isd

Iraida Amador-Mercado

elgin isd

Patience Blythe-Creech

liberty hill isd

Audra Cozart

georgetown isd

Terri Henry

lago vista isd

Dusty Kinslow

orenda charter school

Pamela Knott

round rock isd

Andrea Larson

fredericksburg isd

Brandie Marshall

bastrop isd

Paige McGee

manor isd

Samantha Miller

dripping springs isd

Shanon Montgomery

jarrell isd

Megan Murphy

del valle isd

Yahaira Perkins

san marcos cisd

Daniel Reinhard

hays cisd

Kelly Reyes

taylor isd

Cynthia Rios

pflugerville isd

Jessica Rocha

marble falls isd

Fallan Sadler

lake travis isd

David Taylor

comfort isd

Michael Young