District Teachers of the Year Announced
Cynthia Alaniz, 4th grade teacher at Denton Creek Elementary and Mandy Goddard, 8th grade Algebra and Gifted and Talented teacher at Coppell Middle School East were named this year's District Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year. The judging process for all 14 campus nominees included classroom observation, a panel interview, and an essay. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Turner made the announcement during the CISD Education Foundation's Student/Teacher Academic Recognition Banquet. A crowd of over 300 watched as Dr. Turner praised these teachers for their hard work and humble dedication.
Mrs. Alaniz has 19 years of teaching experience and stated, “Teaching is my life's work. As my students and I work and learn together, I see the possibilities of tomorrow.” Cynthia's principal Bryan McClain described her as life-changing; “She makes learning come alive and inspires children daily by taking their interests, talents, and wonder to produce an explosion of possibilities.”
Mrs. Goddard considers her 10 years of educating a privilege and blessing; “Each school year enables me to impact the lives of unique young people, helping shape our society's future leaders and citizens.” Coppell Middle School East Principal Laura Springer stated, “To teach is to touch a life and I can say without a doubt that Mandy Goddard lives that philosophy on a daily basis. She is an integral part of our success at East!”
This marks the sixth year for the Teacher of the Year award program in Coppell ISD. The twodistrict award recipients are now eligible to be considered for a progression of awards beginning at the regional level. The regional winner will then 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 and be eligible for numerous endorsement opportunities and cash awards.