Hillcrest Math Teacher Awarded 10K

Winning teachers, front row, along with principals, district officials, Dallas Education Foundation officials and TI Foundation chairman Sam Self. Photo Courtesy DISD

Willy Flores is one of seven DISD teachers who received the 2011 Texas Instruments STEM Award. The distinction for innovations in teaching science, technology, engineering and math comes with a 10K cash prize to be split equally between the teacher and the classroom. For more information, read the district’s press release after the jump.



Educators Recognized for Innovative Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

DALLAS—Seven Dallas ISD teachers received $10,000 each from the Texas Instruments Foundation for their innovations in teaching science, technology, engineering and math.

The educators received the 2011 TI Foundation STEM Award today during a reception held in their honor. Each recipient was nominated by secondary principals and are all credited with enhancing student achievement while increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

TI Foundation Board Chair Sam Self presented the awards saying it is important to the community and companies like Texas Instruments to have innovative teachers who can educate students to be tech savvy. He went on to say the award recipients go beyond being good teachers, and are in fact great teachers worthy of recognition.

The 2011 TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards recipients are:

·          Willy Flores, math, Hillcrest High School

·          Jason Hogan, science, Sunset High School

·          Toni Legg, science, Robert T. Hill Middle School

·          John Long, science, Woodrow Wilson High School

·          Bennett O’Connor, science, Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School

·          Jan Taylor, technology, Emmett J. Conrad High School

·          Scheryl Woodard, technology, Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

Each recipient received $10,000, of which $5,000 was directly awarded to the classroom teacher and the other $5,000 is to be used at the discretion of the teacher for professional development and/or instructional technology.

“We’re excited to honor these innovative teachers who give so much of themselves to our students, and we’re grateful to the Texas Instruments Foundation for recognizing their hard work and dedication,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa.

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