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Baylor School of Education alumni are impacting the world in many fields and in many ways. While most educators serve without recognition, here are just a few who have been honored recently for outstanding service. 

(We know there are many, many more alumni awards, so please help us share! If you are an SOE alumna or alumnus who has received recognition — or if you know of another alum who has been honored — please let us know by emailing BaylorImpact@baylor.edu. Photos welcome; please send as attachment!)

2018

Statewide and Regional Recognition

Eric Wilson, MSEd ’89 (Sport Management)
Principal of Bryson School, Jacksboro, Texas
Region 9 (Texas) Outstanding Principal of the Year
TASSP (Texas Associaiton of Secondary School Principals)

Local and Campus Recognition

Katie Bohannon Phillips Katie Bohannon Phillips, BSEd ’08
Campus Teacher of the Year
Beverly Elementary, Plano ISD

 

Andrea Ruiz Andrea Ruiz, BSEd ’09
Campus Teacher of the Year
Hewitt Elementary, Midway ISD
Second Grade Teacher and Mentor Teacher to Baylor Interns

 

2017

Statewide and Regional Recognition

Lindsay Shockley, EdS ’09
Outstanding School Psychologist, Specialist Level
Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP)
School Psychologist at Lorena ISD

George Kazanas Dr. George Kazanas, BBA ’90, MSEd ’94
State Board of Education Steering Committee for Long Range Plan
Superintendent, Midway ISD
Adjunct Professor, Baylor EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership

 

Rachel WebbonRachel Webbon, BSEd ’16
Waco ISD First Year Teacher of the Year, Virginia DuPuy Award
Cedar Ridge Elementary, First Grade Teacher, Waco ISD

“Ms. Webbon has an indescribable way with students. She connects with students in a manner that is usually exhibited by veteran teachers.”
—Helen Smith, principal

 
Local and Campus Recognition

Sarah Baranowski, BSEd ’03
Campus Teacher of the Year
Midway High School PDS, Midway ISD

Kim Willis Bullajian, BSEd ’95
Campus Teacher of the Year
Woodway Elementary, Midway ISD

Paige Cox Carrasquillo, BSEd ’09, MSEd ’10
Belton Rotary Educator of the Quarter (November)
Miller Heights Elementary, Belton ISD

Erin Casey Erin Casey, MSEd ’17
Campus “Beginning Teacher of the Year Award”
Jasper High School, Plano ISD
World Geography and AP Human Geography teacher

 

Dr. Tamara Rubin Hodges, MSEd ’89, EdD ’94
Outstanding Faculty Award from Baylor University for teaching
Baylor School of Education, Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology

Barry Horst, BSEd ’80
Campus Teacher of the Year
Bell’s Hill Elementary, Waco ISD

Julibeth Moore, BA ’08, MSEd ’10
Campus Teacher of the Year
Midway High School PDS, Midway ISD

Staci Arnold Morgan, BSEd ’02
Campus Teacher of the Year
South Bosque Elementary, Midway ISD

Amanda PackardAmanda Packard, BSEd ’15
Campus Teacher of the Year
Midway Middle School PDS, Midway ISD

 

Brittany Hill Sanders, BSEd ’10
Campus Teacher of the Year
West Avenue Elementary, Waco ISD

Katie Kamperman Talbert, BSEd ’10, MSEd ’11
Campus Teacher of the Year
Woodgate Intermediate, Midway ISD

2016

Statewide and Regional Recognition

Dr. Erin Dixon, MSEd ’08, PhD ’15
Outstanding Dissertation Award, SSMA (School Science and Mathematics Association)

Dr. Leanne Looney Howell, BSEd ’89, MSEd ’92
Exemplary Faculty Practice Award from Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE)
Baylor School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Monica Maynor Lemke, BSEd ’12
Region 11 Elementary Teacher of the Year
Roanoke Elementary, Northwest ISD

Becky OdajimaBecky Odajima, Doctoral Candidate
Texas Assistant Principal of the Year, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
Midway High School PDS, Midway ISD

 
Local and Campus Recognition

Amy Kaska Beseda, BSEd ’01
Campus Teacher of the Year
River Valley Intermediate, Midway ISD

Cathy Moore Henson, BA ’73
Campus Teacher of the Year
Parkdale Elementary, Waco ISD

Micah Kroll, BSEd ’88
Campus Teacher of the Year
Crestview Elementary, Waco ISD

Blake Schrader, BSEd ’03
Campus Teacher of the Year
G. L. Wiley Opportunity Center, Waco ISD

2015

National and International Recognition

Dr. Dittika Gupta, PhD ’14
Outstanding Dissertation Award, SSMA (School Science and Mathematics Association)
Assistant Professor of Education, Midwestern University, Wichita Falls

Jennifer Nivin Williamson, MSEd ’98, PhD ’05
ACES Counseling Vision and Innovation Award (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision)
Associate Professor, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, Kentucky

Statewide and Regional Recognition

Whitney CrewsWhitney Lasater Crews, BSEd ’96
Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)
E. J. Moss Intermediate School, Lindale ISD

 

Diane Gough, BSEd ’81
Texas National Distinguished Principal of the Year
TEPSA (Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association)
Principal, Hewitt Elementary School, Midway ISD

Aaron Peña, BSEd ’97
Texas Top Elementary Principal (H-E-B)
Principal, Woodway Elementary School, Midway ISD

Dr. Michael McFarland, BBA ’93, EdD ’05
Texas Superintendent of the Year, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)
Superintendent, Lancaster ISD

Laura Tindall Zapata, BSEd ’00
Region VI Elementary Teacher of the Year
A. R. Turner Elementary, Willis ISD

Local and Campus Recognition

Liz HaginsLiz Cox Hagins, BSEd ’00
Midway ISD District Secondary Teacher of the Year
Midway Middle School PDS, Midway ISD

 

Casi Alley, BSEd ’98
Campus Teacher of the Year
J. H. Hines Elementary, Waco ISD

Carole Ross Boyle, BSEd ’92
Campus Teacher of the Year
River Valley Intermediate, Midway ISD

John Choins, BMEd ’92, MSEd ’98
Campus Teacher of the Year
Midway Middle PDS, Midway ISD

Sami Cox, BSEd ’06
Campus Teacher of the Year
Spring Valley Elementary PDS, Midway ISD

Kim Dunn Landon, BSEd ’86
Campus Teacher of the Year
Midway High School PDS, Midway ISD

Rachel Lieber, BSEd ’12
Campus Teacher of the Year
Hillcrest Elementary PDS, Waco ISD

Crystal Williams Robinson, BBA ’02, MSEd ’04
Campus Teacher of the Year
Castleman Creek Elementary, Midway ISD

Corinne Stephenson, BSEd ’12
Campus Teacher of the Year
Woodway Elementary, Midway ISD

Lisa Lewis Ward, BSEd ’91
Campus Teacher of the Year
South Waco Elementary, Waco ISD

2014

National and International Recognition

Dr. Marty Crawford, BSEd ’96
Finalist, LifeChanger of the Year Award, National Life Group
Superintendent, West ISD (currently Tyler ISD)

Susan JohnsenDr. Susan Johnsen, BA ’64
Outstanding Leadership Award from Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Baylor School of Education, Professor of Educational Psychology

 

Dr. Jessica Meehan, MSEd ’08, EdD ’13
John Laska Distinguished Dissertation Award in Teaching from American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC)

Statewide and Regional Recognition

Dr. Susan Johnsen, BA ’64
Texas State Advocate for the Gifted, Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT)
Baylor School of Education, Professor of Educational Psychology

Michael McFarlandDr. Michael McFarland, BBA ’93, EdD ’05
Region 10 Superintendent of the Year, State Finalist, Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)
Superintendent, Lancaster ISD

 
Local and Campus Recognition

Alera Budd, BSEd ’13
Campus Teacher of the Year
Daugherty Elementary, Garland ISD

Jennifer Garza, BSEd ’92
Campus Teacher of the Year
Bell’s Hill PDS, Waco ISD

Susan Finley Mathis, BSEd ’92
Campus Teacher of the Year
Spring Valley Elementary PDS, Midway ISD

Stephen Petree, BSEd ’08
Campus Teacher of the Year
Waco High School, Waco ISD

Amy Taylor, BSEd ’94
Campus Teacher of the Year
River Valley Intermediate, Midway ISD

Wendi Washington Singletary, BSEd ’94
Campus Teacher of the Year
Hillcrest PDS, Waco ISD

Jennifer Haddad Zane, BSEd ’00
Campus Teacher of the Year
Cedar Ridge Elementary, Waco ISD