Amarillo Independent School District named the 2013 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year Friday morning at the Lamar Lively Teacher of the Year Breakfast. Sarah Kay Brent of South Georgia Elementary was named the winner. Al Guardino of Tascosa High School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Sarah teaches special education at South Georgia Elementary for seven years. She holds a BS degree from West Texas A&M. One of her young students named Zane explained why she's such a special teacher. "Ms. Brent works hard with kids that need help with a problem and she works it out with them. I always want her to correct my mistakes when I try to do a problem by myself".
Al has taught Algebra and Geometry at Tascosa High School since 2002, having begun his career as an educator in the United States Air Force. He has his Bachelor's Degree from the USAF Academy and received his teaching certificate after going through the PACE program at West Texas A&M. According to his student Nisa, "if it wasn't for him, I don't think I would be in school anymore. He has helped me through it all. He has taught me that life is short, but live it the right way. Because of Mr. Guardino, I want to graduate and go to college and live my dream".
The Teacher of the Year process began in January when the 54 campus teachers of the year were selected. In March, AISD named six finalists in the districts Teacher of the Year program. Besides the winners, they included: Carol Roller of Woodlands Elementary, Lisa White of Ridgecrest Elementary, Holly Alexander of de Zavala Middle School, and Shanna Peeples of Palo Duro High School.
The two winners will become the district's entries in the regional and state Teacher of the Year process.