Cooperative Teachers Credit Union CTCU

Congratulations to the Tyler ISD Campus Teachers of the Year! Teachers receive this honor from their school administrators and staff. The campuses chose these teachers for modeling extraordinary leadership and excellence in teaching.

“Our focus during this historic year has been to adapt and deliver,” Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “These outstanding educators stepped up to the plate to adapt in any way needed to continue our vision to create successful student outcomes for the 18,000 students we serve.”

The campus teachers of the year complete an interview and portfolio to compete for the District Elementary Teacher of the Year and District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Tyler ISD will honor all Campus Teachers of the Year and announce its 2021 District Teachers of the Year at its Educator of the Year Banquet held Thursday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Center. During the event, the District will also name its Principal of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Partnering with the District on various projects over the years, Cooperative Teachers Credit Union has sponsored the event since 2014.

“Cooperative Teachers Credit Union is honored to be the title sponsor of the 2021 Educator of the Year event,” Matt Horton, spokesperson for the credit union, said. “This year has no doubt been like no other, and we look forward to celebrating these amazing educators for their dedication throughout the school year.”

Due to current health and safety guidelines, attendance at this year’s event is limited; however, the celebration will include the nominees and their special guests, campus and district administrators, Tyler ISD Board members, and event sponsors.

2021 Campus Teachers of the Year

Jessica White, T.J. Austin Elementary School
Shanah Hill, Bell Elementary School
Jennifer Thompson, Birdwell Dual Language Immersion School
Shabnam Khalatbari, Bonner Elementary School
Ardra Shelby, Caldwell Arts Academy (Elementary)
Ashley Green, Caldwell Arts Academy (Secondary)
Precious Hicks, Clarkston Elementary School
Nada de la Cruz, Dixie Elementary School
Amalia Chaves-Venegas, Douglas Elementary School
Jesus Sanchez Hernandez, Griffin Elementary School
Taylor Green, Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School
Emilee Kubara, Jones Elementary School
Keith Johnson, A.W. Orr Elementary School
Beth Lockhart, Owens Elementary School
Hilda Perez-Torres, W.A. Peete Elementary School
Debbie Fatheree, Ramey Elementary School
Lisa Munoz, Rice Elementary School
Ashley Phelps, Andy Woods Elementary School
Janet Merrifield, Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs
Linnon Thomas, Boulter Middle School
Ashley Bendy, James S. Hogg Middle School
Jeremy Deimund, Hubbard Middle School
Ashley LaCroix, Moore MST Magnet School
Holly McWilliams, Three Lakes Middle School
LeDana McGee, Tyler High School
Justin Kniffen, Tyler Legacy High School
Jeremy Johnson, RISE Academy
Andy Haas, Early College High School
Jason Bethany, Career and Technology Center

For more information, please contact Jennifer Hines at 903-262-1064 or