NISD announces 2020 District Educators of the Year

Educators of the Year backdrop with 6 winner teachers standing in front

Three first-year and three veteran teachers were named District Educators of the Year at special celebrations held annually to honor teachers who give 100 percent when it comes to improving the lives of children. In addition, Northside’s nominee for the 2020 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching was announced.

The 2020 Northside Educators of the Year are:

  • Deborah Segovia-Patterson, kindergarten teacher, Timberwilde Elementary School
  • Gustavo Trevino, eighth grade Communication Applications teacher, Neff Middle School
  • Jennifer Schulze-Aguirre, AP Calculus/Dual Credit teacher, Brandeis High School

The 2020 Northside First Year Educators of the Year are:

  • Brittany Haywood, third grade teacher, Murnin Elementary School
  • Jasmine Mendiola, English Language Arts teacher, Folks Middle School
  • Shane Lemanski, associate band direcotor, Brandeis High School

And, the District’s nominee for the 2020 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award is Jamie Pfeil, an AP/Pre-AP History teacher at Warren High School.

In addition to receiving engraved plaques, first-year awardees received checks for $250, and the veteran teachers and Trinity nominee received $500 checks.

A panel of NISD educators selected the District winners from among the 216 campus Educators of the Year.

All campus winners were deemed “Simply the Best” at the District’s Educator of the Year celebrations, held March 3 and 4 this year.

The celebration has been dubbed “Simply the Best,” because the campus winners parade into the auditorium to Tina Turner’s famous song by the same name.

Pictures from this year’s Educators of the Year events can be found on the District’s Employee Connection.