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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

George Kazanas Dr. George Kazanas, BBA ’90, MSEd ’94
Region 12 Superintendent of the Year - 2018*
Superintendent, Midway ISD, Waco, Texas
Adjunct Professor, Baylor EdD in K-12 Educational Leadership

 

Dr. Kenneth BorderDr. Kenneth Boarder, EdD ’04 (Educational Administration)
Region 17 Superintendent of the Year - 2018*
Superintendent, Shallowater ISD, Shallowater, Texas (Lubbock County)

*Regional award winners go on to be interviewed for the Texas Superintendent of the Year Award, presented at the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Conference.

 

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

Local and Campus Recognition

Rachel Vaughn Rachel Vaughn, BSEd ’17
Rookie of the Year
West University Elementary School
Houston ISD, Houston

"Rachel has had an excellent first year at our school and is one of the best rookie teachers I have worked with in my 28 years of school administration. It is a great pleasure to watch her teach and see someone who is truly committed to the kids. I have told other HISD administrators that if I had a school full of teachers like Rachel, I would have the easiest job in HISD. She is a dedicated and gifted young lady.
—John Threet, Principal, West University Elementary

 

Trevor Taylor Trevor Taylor, BSEd ’17
Novice Teacher of the Year
Wagner High School
Judson ISD, San Antonio

 

Jordan Barlow Martella, BSEd ’15, MSEd ’16
Teacher of the Year
Gatesville Intermediate School
Gatesville ISD, Gatesville, Texas

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

 

Andrea Ruiz Andrea Ruiz, BSEd ’09
Midway ISD District Elementary Teacher of the Year
Campus Teacher of the Year
Hewitt Elementary
Midway ISD, Waco, Texas
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
Lorena, Texas

George Kazanas Dr. George Kazanas, BBA ’90, MSEd ’94
State Board of Education Steering Committee for Long Range Plan
Superintendent, Midway ISD, Waco, Texas
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, Waco, Texas

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

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

Erin Casey Erin Casey, MSEd ’17
Campus “Beginning Teacher of the Year Award”
Jasper High School
Plano ISD, Plano, Texas
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, Waco, Texas

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

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

 

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