Teacher of the Year
Let’s celebrate Irving teachers!“A teacher affects eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.” – Henry Adams, 19th century educator, historian and writer. Late spring is a favorite time of year around Irving Schools Foundation for two reasons: It’s the time of year when we celebrate our student (and staff) scholarship winners at Breakfast With the Stars; and also, it’s the season we celebrate the excellence that characterizes our amazing Irving ISD teachers via the ISF Teacher of the Year program, produced in collaboration with Irving ISD.
Theresa Spencer of Cardwell Career Preparatory Center and Maresa Martinez of Lively Elementary School are named Teachers of the Year for Irving ISD. Left to right group photo: Crystal Scanio, Maresa Martinez, Theresa Spencer, Don Herring. (April 27, 2023)
How the Teacher of the Year Program Works:
If you’re thinking that it must be difficult to choose just a couple of teachers from so many outstanding Irving ISD educators, you’re absolutely correct—but somehow, a selection committee of ISF and IISD representatives manages each year to identify an elementary teacher and a secondary teacher (from the ranks of the current crop of campus Teacher of the Year recipients) who have demonstrated particular excellence or achievement in their fields.
Each spring, Irving Schools Foundation sponsors a festive, inspirational recognition ceremony where all campus honorees are awarded a cash prize provided by ISF, and where the two teachers selected for the District Teacher of the Year awards are revealed (and also presented with cash and in-kind prizes). All awards are designated for personal use at the teachers’ discretion.