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Top teachers, staff honored at 2023 Inspire Celebration

Top teachers, staff honored at 2023 Inspire Celebration
Amberley Tanner and Paola Morales pose with their Teacher of the Year trophies

Northwest ISD announced its Teachers of the Year and honored the top educators and staff across the district at its annual Inspire Celebration on Thursday, April 6, showcasing the tremendous teaching talent and staff support throughout the district.

With a strong field of educators competing for the overall district teaching honors, Paola Morales of Roanoke Elementary School earned the Elementary Teacher of the Year honor, while Amberley Tanner of Steele Early College School earned Secondary Teacher of the Year recognition. With these commendations, Ms. Morales and Ms. Tanner will now represent the district in the Region XI Teacher of the Year competition, which spans 76 pubic school districts as well as charter and private schools across and area of 7,843 square miles.

Additionally, all 31 Northwest ISD schools named their Exemplar Educators of the Year, honoring the district’s top teachers by campus for the 2022-2023 academic year. Northwest ISD’s Exemplar Educators, seen below, were selected following a rigorous process on their campus that evaluated their leadership, motivation and effectiveness in the classroom.

The Inspire Celebration also acknowledged the district’s Employees of the Year, retirees and some of Northwest ISD’s longest-serving staff members celebrating their major work anniversary milestones. Photographs of the ceremony can be found on the district's Flickr page

 2023 Elementary Exemplar Educators
School Teacher
Beck Elementary Paige Mogg
Berkshire Elementary Casey DiBenedetto
Cox Elementary Jaimee Cruz-Montanez
Curtis Elementary Madison Flores
Granger Elementary Brian Droege
Haslet Elementary Jennifer Kerry
Hatfield Elementary Rhonda Riley
Hughes Elementary Clair Bass
Justin Elementary Amy Lowe
Lakeview Elementary Cailen Roberts
Lance Thompson Elementary Brittney Reemtsma
Love Elementary Valerie Sims
Nance Elementary Brittani Gilmore
Peterson Elementary Tricia Hanson
Prairie View Elementary Jessica Dodt
Roanoke Elementary Paola Morales
Schluter Elementary Lindsay Trinkle
Sendera Ranch Elementary Christy Walters
Seven Hill Elementary Julianna Lockard
Thompson Elementary Mandy Chube
2023 Secondary Exemplar Educators
School Teacher
Adams Middle School Gabriel Berumen
Chisholm Trail Middle School Richard Kleckner
Medlin Middle School Tiffany Wood
Pike Middle School Taylor Klement
Tidwell Middle School Alicia Hughes
Wilson Middle School Nicholas Pauly
Byron Nelson High School Carla Dalton
Eaton High School Paul Elder
Northwest High School Kristi Kelley
Steele Accelerated High School Amberley Tanner
Denton Creek Ralph E. Rampellini
2023 Employees of the Year
Category Employee & Location
Instructional Support Frank Hempen (Steele)
Support Services Courtney Rowe (Lakeview)
Administrative Support Angelica Jackson (Medlin)