TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) named Tara Droske as Elementary Teacher of the Year and Robin Hilton as Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Droske and Hilton will now move forward for consideration as Region VIII Teacher of the Year.
Droske completed the TISD Leadership Academy program and has served as a teacher mentor, academic team lead for Campus Lighthouse Team, Teacher Retention Committee and Campus Quality Improvement Committee Improvement Committee for Morriss Elementary.
The kindergarten teacher at Morris Elementary holds a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary studies and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Having spent 12 years in education, Droske also carries certifications in Generalist EC-4, English as a Second Language and as a Master Math Teacher.
Hilton is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Texas Middle School and has been in education for 29 years. Hilton holds a bachelor of science in history from Baylor University, a bachelor of science in elementary education with an English emphasis from Henderson State University, and a master of science in curriculum & instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
Hilton holds certifications in Arkansas for middle school English, middle school social studies, and elementary teacher grades 1-6. In Texas, Hilton’s certifications include social studies grades 1-8, elementary self-contained grades 1-8 and social studies grades 8-12.
Hilton has also been a mentor teacher for TISD and Texas Middle School, served on the Campus Quality Improvement Committee for the middle school and on the District Quality Improvement Committee for TISD. Hilton is also a grade level team leader for the middle school and a student teacher mentor for Texas A&M University-Texarkana.
Here is a list of the campus teachers of the year throughout TISD:
Dunbar Early Education Center – Tamara Coker;
Highland Park Elementary School – Lakien Lawson;
Nash Elementary School – Rachel Sparks;
Spring Lake Park Elementary School – Tonja Upchurch;
Theron Jones Early Literacy Center – Kelly Hile;
Waggoner Creek Elementary School – Jami Blain;
Wake Village Elementary School – Susanna LeJeune;
Westlawn Elementary School – Jessica Musgraves;
Texas High School – Emily Szymanski;
Alternative Education – Tracy Forte representing Disciplinary Alternative
Education Program (DAEP) and Therapeutic Intervention Learning Center (TILC)