Dance teacher receives EXCEL Award for NISD

NISD teacher named among best in San Antonio on dark background with picture of teacher and EXCEl Award, KENS5 TV and Credit Human logo

Tiffany Burrell, a dance teacher at Stevens High School, was named the 2020-2021 EXCEL Award winner for Northside ISD. She recently joined the administrative team at Stevens as an Administrative Intern.

The presentation was made virtually with Stevens High School Principal Ryan Purtell, Superintendent Dr. Brian Woods, Fine Arts Assistant Director Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez, KENS 5 TV Reporter Sarah Forgany, and representatives from Credit Human in attendance.

Burrell is in her 10th year in NISD and started in 2010 as a sixth grade Social Studies teacher at Zachry Middle School.

In 2011, she joined the Stevens High School staff as a dance teacher and the program has continued to flourish under her leadership. In 2016 she was named the Fine Arts Coordinator for the campus, and through this collaboration with her colleagues, created a variety of department, campus, and district performances.

In 2014, she created the Jazz Dance Company at Stevens and serves as its director. She is also co-chairperson of the Northside ISD chapter of Texas Future Dance Educators. 

When asked why she chose to become a teacher, Burrell said, “I wanted to be a part of the village that helps give students the key to achieving their dreams. I wanted to make a difference and open doors for students that they could never imagine.”

“The foundation of teaching is building relationships,” she said. “If your foundation is strong, your students will continue to strive for better and amaze you each day.”

The EXCEL Award is given annually to outstanding teachers in the San Antonio area by KENS 5 TV and Credit Human. Burrell was presented with a silver apple and a $1,000 check.