Two educators recognized as CFISD Teachers of the Year

June 7, 2018

Lamkin Elementary School visual arts specialist Jeanna Peña was selected as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. She will be honored at the Region 4 Education Service Center Teachers of the Year Ceremony and be up for consideration at the region and statewide level.
Lamkin Elementary School visual arts specialist Jeanna Peña was selected as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. She will be honored at the Region 4 Education Service Center Teachers of the Year Ceremony and be up for consideration at the region and statewide level.

June 7, 2018—Lamkin Elementary School visual arts specialist Jeanna Peña and Cypress Lakes High School art teacher and head girls cross country and soccer coach Casey Blades were selected as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s teachers of the year and will represent the district at regional and statewide competitions for top teaching honors.

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, two were selected.

Cypress Lakes High School art teacher and head girls cross country and soccer coach Casey Blades was selected as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the year and will represent the district at regional and statewide competitions for top teaching honors.
Cypress Lakes High School art teacher and head girls cross country and soccer coach Casey Blades was selected as Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Secondary Teacher of the year and will represent the district at regional and statewide competitions for top teaching honors. 

Peña was chosen as the CFISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mylle Whigham of Pope Elementary School and Seanie Sunshine Munoz of M. Robinson Elementary School were the runners up at the elementary level.

“This news comes as a huge surprise,” Peña said. “All that I can say is that I ‘stand on the shoulders of giants.’ This honor belongs to every educator with and from whom I have had the honor and blessing to stand, to learn and to grow.”

Blades was chosen as the CFISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Runners up at the secondary level were Cy-Fair High School’s Holli Davila, Dean Middle School’s Elizabeth Ongudu, Cook Middle School’s Michael Dick and Campbell Middle School’s Leodegario Vivas Valenzuela.

“I feel incredibly honored to represent CFISD, both as a teacher and as a coach,” Blades said. “Our district really is committed to creating opportunities and I love that I get to use art and athletics to connect with my students.”

Peña and Blades will be honored at the Region 4 Education Service Center Teachers of the Year Ceremony and up for consideration as a regional winner from among 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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