CISD Teachers of The Year Named
Nadya Gulam, 4th grade teacher at Valley Ranch Elementary and Irma Kennedy, Emerging Media and Communications (EMAC) Academy teacher at Coppell High School. The judging process for all fourteen campus nominees includes a classroom observation, panel interview, and written essay. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner made the announcement during the CISD Education Foundation"s Student/Teacher Academic Recognition Banquet stating to a crowd of nearly 400, "We are fortunate in our community to have some of the most talented educators anywhere and this group represents the best of the best. I am amazed at the selfless work they do and by their dedication and commitment to our students."
Mrs. Gulam has 16 years of teaching experience and believes that creating a learning environment in which students feel comfortable is key to how they respond. Nadya"s Principal Cynthia Arterbery described her as an amazing teacher noting, "She is truly one of a kind and has made a lasting impression on her students, our staff, and the whole Valley Ranch community."Mrs. Kennedy has spent nine years teaching and believes that, "When students see a relevant connection between the classroom and the real world, they are propelled to create greatness that tears down the walls between student and professional; it is a mighty thing to see." Coppell High School Principal Brad Hunt agrees and added, "… (Mrs. Kennedy) is a shining star at CHS and one of a kind! The patience, time and care Mrs. Kennedy gives to each child makes her a transformational teacher and an inspiration to us all." This marks the 8th year for the Teacher of the Year award program in Coppell ISD. The two district award recipients are now eligible to be considered for a progression of awards beginning at the regional level. The successful regional nominee will then have the opportunity to advance to the state and national levels, respectively.As the nation"s premier educator recognition program, the national award recipient will receive a one-year teaching sabbatical to travel the country as an ambassador for public education. They will also be eligible for numerous endorsement opportunities and cash awards during that time.