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2020-05-27 Tyler ISD announces District Elementary, Secondary Teachers of the Year

Through a fun, virtual celebration on the District’s Facebook page this evening, Tyler ISD announced its 2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year. Claiming the Elementary honor is Tristan Arrington, a fifth grade math and science teacher at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School. Earning the Secondary honor is Michael Sturrock, a graphic design, animation and dual credit teacher at the District’s Career and Technology Center.

“Although the big reveal had to look a little different this year, we are proud to celebrate Ms. Arrington and Mr. Sturrock through this surprise reveal until we can all gather together for a proper celebration hosted by the Cooperative Teachers Credit Union this fall,” Tyler ISD Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford said. “Tyler ISD is proud of these educators and all of the campus teachers of the year for their incredible dedication to successful student outcomes.”

During her four years of teaching, Ms. Arrington has excelled as a math, science, and social studies teacher stepping up to serve in staff leadership roles throughout Jack Elementary School. Her excellent leadership skills led to her to being selected as a breakout session presenter at the national Leader in Me Symposium in Dallas this past March. In 2017, she was selected as the Jack Elementary School Rookie of the Year.

“My four years of teaching pales in comparison to many wonderful teachers out there, but if I believe what I tell my students, I have to believe that I can make a difference no matter my age or amount of experience,” Ms. Arrington said.

Also in his fourth year of teaching in Tyler ISD, Michael Sturrock has spent 28 years of his life being an artist, designer, and a creator. He teaches junior and senior level Graphic Design and Animation and is a Dual Credit Adjunct Professor for Tyler Junior College.

“When the Career and Technology Center offered a platform for me to not only teach, but to serve as a design teacher, it truly felt like my calling had arrived,” Mr. Sturrock said. “Being able to combine the power of creating something, with the amazing opportunity to instruct students, was a blessing beyond measure.”

Mr. Sturrock credits two key educators in his life for pushing his creativity and desire to learn. One of these educators is his mother, Teresa Sturrock, who taught in Tyler ISD for 31 years and also received the District Teacher of the Year honor 30 years ago. “She taught me how to edit and evaluate schoolwork, art, design, and choices in my life. I would use those skills in counseling others, ministering, coaching teaching and parenting.”

Due to COVID-19, the selection process amongst the 30 Campus Teachers of the year was adapted to include a virtual interview along with a written portfolio submitted by each candidate. Scores from both the interview and the portfolio were tallied. Teachers with the highest scores receive District Elementary Teacher of the Year and District Secondary Teacher of the Year honors.

Additional sponsors for the Teacher of the Year program include Tab and Bonnie Beall and Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott, LLP.