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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.”
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
lake travis isd
dripping springs isd
san marcos cisd
del valle isd
marble falls isd
Alma Medrano Padron
liberty hill isd
ut charter school system
round rock isd
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.