life. By building a relationship with each of our students, we are
also building the respect that they will have for us, for each other,
and for themselves, and we are setting the path toward a success-
Peña, who has taught at Bryan Elementary for the past 25
years of her 28-year career, has been chosen as Bryan Elementary
School Teacher of the Year twice (2012 and 2018) and as Mission
CISD Teacher of the Year this year. In 2017, she received the
prestigious H-E-B Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement
Teacher of the Year Program
To achieve recognition as Texas Elementary or Secondary
Teacher of the Year, a teacher must first be chosen as a campus
and district teacher of the year, then a regional honoree. From the
group of 40 regional teachers of the year, six finalists are chosen
and interviewed by an independent panel of judges composed of
representatives of education associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas
Teachers of the Year.
The state’s top elementary and secondary teachers are selected from these six finalists, and the Texas nominee for National
Teacher of the Year is chosen from the top two winners. In 2015,
Texas Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD was the
second Texas teacher to be named the National Teacher of the
The Texas Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969 and continues to
annually recognize and reward teachers who have demonstrated
outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. For more
information, visit tasanet.org/texas TOY.H
Rhonda Peña, a fifth-grade math teacher at Mission CISD,
receives congratulations for her 2019 Texas Elementary Teacher
of the Year honor from Texas Education Commissioner Mike
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