CFISD art educator recognized as Region 4 Teacher of the Year

August 3, 2018

Lamkin ES visual arts specialist Jeanna Pena
Lamkin Elementary School visual arts specialist Jeanna Peñawas selected as the Region 4 Education Service Center as its Elementary Teacher of the Year, and will represent both Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and the region at statewide competition for top teaching honors.

Aug. 3, 2018—Lamkin Elementary School visual arts specialist Jeanna Peña was honored by the Region 4 Education Service Center as its Elementary Teacher of the Year, and will represent both Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and the region at statewide competition for top teaching honors.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen by my colleagues to represent them and our stakeholders,” Peñasaid. “I am but one teacher who believes that it is my duty to be the kind of teacher for all of my students that I would wish to have for my own children. They deserve nothing less than passionate educators who love what they do and will do everything in their power to reach them.

“The great thing is that I am not the only one. There are so many dedicated educators out there serving their communities and pushing boundaries, inspiring all of our children to do better and to be better. I am merely standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Peña and Cypress Lakes High School art teacher and head girls’ cross country and soccer coach Casey Blades were among the educators honored as district winners at the regional ceremony held Aug. 2.

Both were selected as the Teacher of the Year at their respective campuses and were honored at CFISD’s reception held May 7 at the Berry Center. From the pool of honorees, Peñaand Blades were selected for regional competition.

Peñahas spent 15 years in education at CFISD, having spent nine years at McFee Elementary School and three years at Frazier Elementary School before moving to Lamkin.

“Jeanna is passionate about bringing the world to our kids,” said Gale Parker, Lamkin principal. “She is a master at weaving every content area into her lessons so students see relevance and application in everything they create. She is so deserving of this award and we are so very proud she represents Lamkin.”

Said Peña: “I look forward to being an advocate for our teachers because teaching is tough. It is messy. It is exhausting and all-consuming. But teaching is also joyous, eye-opening, awe-inspiring and transformational.”

Regional winners were selected from the 20 service centers across the state. Six finalists are chosen from the 40 regional winners, and a Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year is selected. One is then chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program.

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