It’s become an annual tradition each fall when the Great East Dallas Chamber of Commerce honors top educators in our neighborhood for their outstanding work both with youth and the community at large. The winners of Teacher of the Year will be honored during a celebratory luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

This year, the winners in our neighborhood include:

  • Kent Benson, Robert E. Lee Elementary
  • Amy Duke, Bishop Lynch High School
  • Amy Delaney, Dallas Academy
  • Casey Pike, Lakehill Preparatory School

John David du Mars of Emmett J. Conrad High School and Shelly Thibodaux of Robert T. Hill Middle School, just north of our area, were also named Teacher of the Year. All winners are nominated by the community and selected by a panel of judges based on their willingness to go above and beyond in the name of education. 

The luncheon, set at Lakehill Preparatory’s Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center, 7401 Ferguson Road, is open to the public. Tickets are $30 for chamber members, $35 for non-members and available here. 

Below are all of the hard-working teachers in East Dallas who were nominated for this year’s honor:

Austin Aeschbacher, Hilred Azan, Amanda Batson,  Martha Adriana Castellanos, Maria Cedillo, Laura Laywell, Leticia Nelson, Stacy Holbrook Olson, Mary Piirto, Juan Quesada, Elsy Serpas, Debra Valle, Tequila Butler, Erin Chesal, Mr. Compton, Jennifer Munguia, Mia Witt, Becky Brown, Cheryll Harris, Johnetta Koukalik, Matthew Lundberg, Krystal Morrow, Ross Smeltzer, Angela Tejada, Marlene Hewitt, Penny Lalanne, Patty Pippen, Allison Albani, Latricia Davis, Bianca Gruben-Trejo.

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