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KI - Teacher of the Year 2011 - 2012
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Luz Benjamin - 6th Grade - Mathematics

Since I was a kid, I wanted to be in any profession that involved helping others. What better profession than that of being a teacher? As soon as I graduated high school, I enrolled into the University of Houston Downtown to begin my future. While in college, I was a student-teacher and a substitute teacher for two years. This was preparing me for my actual profession. I gained so much experience from this.

I have now been doing what I love most, teaching, for 5 years. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with all of my students each and every day. This job is never boring. It's a new experience every day. I love that it's never a routine.

What brings me the most joy, nonetheless, is truly knowing that I have positively affected someone's life for the better. I've had so many students coming in with a mentality of, "School is not for me. I don't belong here. It's too hard. I never get anything right. I hate math." As Anais Nin stated, "We don't see things as THEY are. We see things as WE are." By the time these students step out of my classroom, I help them reach that goal of self-fullfillment. Their words become, "I am smart. I am able. I will be going to college. Math is my favorite subject."

To be good at what you do, you must love what you do… and I love what I do. I help mold the lives of our future.
KI - Teacher of the Year - 2010 - 2011
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Luis Hernandez - 6th and 7th Grade - Mathematics

I have been a teacher for 7 years, and strongly believe that it is the most important profession in the world.
I believe that every student can be successful if he or she decides to put forth the effort, and part of our job is to help students find the motivation to put forth that effort.
My 7 years of experience have taught me a lot, have given me my fair amount of challenges, and have shown me how much we still need to do. On the other hand, these same 7 years have provided me with some of my greatest experiences and a great feeling of satisfaction every time I see a student succeed.
I am lucky to work for Klein Intermediate, where the sense of family is strong, where we all work together for the benefit of all our students, and where teachers and students together are making of Klein Intermediate a true success story.
KIS - Teacher of the Year 2009 - 2010
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Dana Walton - 7th and 8th Grade - Intermediate and Advanced Art

Being a teacher was my childhood dream and it is truly an honor to have been named Teacher of the Year.

For the past 24 years, I have had the privilege of teaching Visual Art at Klein Intermediate and have also served as Department Chair for the past four years. Teaching provides me an opportunity to make a difference in a student's life. It is this opportunity that provides my greatest pleasure, to educate the youth of today to achieve their dreams of tomorrow.

In my classroom, I have the opportunity to teach my students not only about the visual world around them, but also about important character traits that will help them be successful. It is with great joy that I am able to show them how to see as an artist sees or to paint with the techniques and strokes of Van Gogh. As I stand in my classroom, I am also serving as a role model to my students. It is important to demonstrate fairness, trust, respect, and responsibility. It is my hope that the success my students achieve in my class will contribute in preparing them for success in their lives.
KIS - Teacher of the Year 2008 - 2009
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La Shandra Haynes- 7th Grade Language Arts

It is truly an honor to have been awarded Teacher of the Year for the 2008-2009. Teaching for me is one of the most important professions in the world. I love working with students and helping them to achieve their goals. The personal satisfaction I get when one of my students masters a skill is immeasurable. I feel that all students are capable of learning. It is my responsibility as a teacher to teach them what they need to know and to bring them up to a level of success. I never accept excuses from my students and I always tell them it is better to try and fail than to never try at all.

In my classroom, students not only gain the educational element, but they also learn discipline and character building skills. I teach my kids to act intelligently, be respectful and well behaved. I want them to know that education and character go hand in hand. I love the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King that says, “Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.”

As a teacher, I will continue to work hard in expanding my knowledge so that I can continue to expand the knowledge and education of my students.
KIS Teacher of the Year 2007 - 2008
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The faculty and staff of Klein Intermediate School is happy to announce the selection of Ms. Isabel Escauriza as teacher of the year 2007 - 2008.
Walmart Teacher of the Year - Terra Gilder
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This past school year, I taught three classes of English Language Arts to sixth grade students. Over 91% of my students passed the Reading TAKS test. Over 29% of my students scored Commended on the TAKS Reading test, which is the highest achievement level possible with the state accountability system. This beats the state average for 6th grade Commended performance in Reading last year.

This school year I am excited about the opportunity to be a pioneer for the AVID program in our district! AVID is a college prepatory program that takes students in the middle and gives them a rigorous curriculum. This rigorous curriculum is what prepares and gives students that extra push needed to go on to college. Several of the students I am working with, will be the first in their family to attend college. These students will receive extensive training and support inside the AVID elective class. This initiative is critical for our campus as we continue to challenge our students.

I love working with all of our students! I have tried to build a great rapport with all of them, even the ones that I don't teach. I feel that rapport with the students is what makes the difference in their success. They just need to know that someone cares for them at school.
KIS Teacher of the Year - 2006-2007
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We're proud to announce that our Klein Intermediate School Teacher of the Year is Michelle Carter, serving in the Language Arts Department.
Education: BA, Prairie View A&M (1993)
MA, Counseling (2006-present)

Locally, with my church, I visit the elderly and sick of the church, as well as other elderly assisted living dwellings. I also work with the youth ministry. I am a sponsor of a school-community initiative to help the underserved population of students at our school reap the benefits of positive mentoring. I also work with the Sylvester Turner youth baseball league. I am a team mom in which I rally parents together in support of their children while gaining the fundamentals of baseball, camaraderie, and discipline. I have also worked with the North Harris County Commission Football League for 4 years.

I believe that one teaches first through character being above reproach. I don't mean that Teachers don't make mistakes; but that it is hard to influence a generation if you air your mistakes before impressionable minds. Years ago teachers maintained "old family values". Single, Married, or Married with children, we should be trendsetters, so that this new generation sees a better life than the one portrayed on TV, in the media and sometimes at home. That doesn't mean I don't have problems and have not made mistakes, but it has been my goal not to bring them to school with me. You have to separate home and school. School needs to be a safe haven for the intellectually starved, the mentally teachable and the physically energetic.

I believe that learning does take place, if the students trust their teacher, respect them and if the teacher actually teaches them. I believe the major issues in public education today are testing, teacher turn-over and legislation on "No Child Left Behind"(NCLB). Testing, I believe is here to stay. I am not upset by this fact, but I do believe that there has to be some measure of retained knowledge. In this global society, we have recognized our declining reign in science and technology. As a country, a state a standard had to be set to insure that democratic way of life would be sustained.

As a creative thinker, an innovative person, not a robot, I deserve the right to teach students without a stigma of failure hanging over my head. The questions are: If a child fails a test, do I fail, does the school fail, have parents failed, did Texas fail, does this means he or she did not learn? There are many unanswered questions about using testing as our only source of measurement to ascertain whether or not a student has mastered a skill.

I am an encourager and mentor to all new teachers that cross my path and I try to be a glimmer of hope to those, who are feeling burned out. I believe that our profession is nothing without innovation and implementation. I am also an advocate of reworking old information and making it become fresh and new again. I try to introduce new ideas and ways of teaching in the classroom. Although I have been teaching eleven years, every year is new. I get new students and a new opportunity to make a new impression on a fertile brain.

I believe in team building, we've all heard that a team is only as strong as its weakest link and there is no "I" in team. Therefore, it is incumbent of me to help elevate my team (content, grade-level, school and district).