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Jennifer Conner Named Region IX Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Conner, a 6th Grade English teacher at Jacksboro Middle School, Jacksboro ISD, has been named the 2022 Region 9 Secondary Teacher of the Year and Jamie Beckham, a 4th Grade Reading/Language Arts & Social Studies teacher at Crockett Elementary, Wichita Falls ISD, has been named the 2022 Region 9 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  The announcement was made at the Regional Awards Luncheon at Region 9 ESC today where all districts’ nominees from the Region 9 schools were honored. 

 

Other teachers recognized at the event were:  Meggan Ferguson, 4th Grade Reading/Language Arts & Social Studies teacher, Bowie Intermediate, Bowie ISD, Susan Haynie, Elementary teacher, Crowell School, Crowell ISD, Cindy Jackson, Kindergarten teacher, Jacksboro Elementary, Jacksboro ISD, Kristin Mahurin, Elementary Math teacher, Petrolia Elementary, Petrolia CISD, Jamie Pulte, Kindergarten teacher, Nocona Elementary, Nocona ISD, Paula Rhodes, Kindergarten teacher, City View Elementary, City View ISD, Brenda Richison, Music teacher, John Tower Elementary, Burkburnett ISD, Susan Riley, 5th Grade Language Arts & Reading teacher, Woodland Elementary, Graham ISD, Karissa Rohmer, 2nd Grade teacher, Midway School, Midway ISD, Sarita Russell, Kindergarten teacher, Electra Elementary, Electra ISD, Brad Avens, C4TECH teacher, Burkburnett High School, Burkburnett ISD, Carl Bishop, Health Science teacher, Career Education Center, Wichita Falls ISD, Shane Coker, Secondary Math teacher, Midway School, Midway ISD, Jennifer Conner, 6th Grade English teacher, Jacksboro Middle School, Jacksboro ISD, Ed Cordero, Agriculture Science teacher, Bowie High School, Bowie ISD, Josh Cox, Agriculture Science, Petrolia High School,  Petrolia CISD, Shelby Fuller, 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher, Nocona Middle School, Nocona ISD, Anthony Garcia, 7th Grade English Language Arts teacher, City View Junior/Senior High School, City View ISD, Amanda Mullen, Life Skills teacher, Graham Junior High School, Graham ISD, John Roy, Math teacher, City View Junior/Senior High School, City View ISD and Kantrel Williams, Math teacher, Crowell School, Crowell ISD.

 

The regional winners will be honored at a statewide awards ceremony and luncheon scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2021, in Austin. 

 

Both winners have been submitted to the state for the semifinalists judging.  Two panels of judges – one for elementary and another for secondary will meet in Austin to review the written applications of the semifinalists and select three finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year and three for Secondary Teacher of the Year.  Finalists’ superintendents and the Education Service Centers will be notified, and TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) will distribute a news release announcing the finalists in late August. 

 

The final judging is scheduled for September, 2021. The six finalists will be invited to Austin to be interviewed by a panel of judges composed of representatives of educational administrator associations, a member of the State Board of Education and previous Texas Teachers of the Year.  The panel will choose the two state winners and designate one to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year Contest.  The six finalists’ superintendents will be notified of the outcome and TASA will distribute a news release announcing the winners the week following the interviews.

 

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Mrs. Conner is pictured with JMS Principal, Sara Mathis and JISD Superintendent, Dwain Milam