TEXARKANA — The Texarkana Independent School District (TISD) has swept the regional teacher of the year awards.
Morriss Elementary School’s Tara Droske and Texas Middle School’s Robin Hilton have been chosen as the Region VIII Elementary Teacher of the Year and Region VIII Secondary Teacher of the Year. Droske and Hilton will be a part of a group of 40 regional teachers of the year to be considered for one of six state finalists.
As Region VIII ESC Teachers of the Year, Droske and Hilton will be recognized during the TEA State Board of Education Teacher of the Year Banquet in Austin in October, or another date to be determined. They will serve as a traveling ambassador for public education to speak for, motivate and exemplify the contributions of the teaching profession along with helping to identify and recruit teachers.
“I am so thrilled for these two outstanding TISD teachers,” said Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent of Schools. “It was quite exciting to receive the notification from the Regional ESC and to find that we had not one but two moving forward to the state level. Tara and Robin exemplify the best of the best. They are dedicated to the profession and not only inspire the students they teach but their co-workers as well.”
Droske has 12 years experience and education and is the kindergarten teacher at Morriss. Hilton has been in education for 29 years and is an eighth grade social studies teacher at Texas Middle School.
The Texas State Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969 and provided a forum to highlight many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve.