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2013 Teachers of the Year!

Plano ISD's 2013 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, Erin Swain of Bethany Elementary School and Ramy Mahmoud of Williams High School, respectively, were presented by Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin at Plano ISD's Teacher of the Year Gala on May 9 at Plano Centre. In addition to Erin and Ramy, eight additional educators were named "Excellence in Teaching Award" winners.

Read our May 10 eNews to meet the winners!

Gala Videos

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Erin's Acceptance Speech   Ramy's Acceptance Speech
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Everyday Heroes   2012 TOTY's Year in Review
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Full 2013 Gala Event   Coach John Clark Tribute

Congratulations, Teacher of the Year Nominees!

Areka McClean - Aldridge
Sarah Riordan - Andrews
Heidi Bellamy - Armstrong
Kathee Ross - Barksdale
Kim Risk - Barron
Coleen Referente - Beaty
Erin Swain - Bethany
Tracy Bulino - Beverly
Melinda Bruno - Boggess
Karen McNeil - Bowman
Kelly Fitzhugh - Brinker
Hope Kearney - Carlisle
Angela Barnes - Carpenter
Trish Forson - Centennial
Jessica Malloy - Christie
Paula Neville - Clark
Kathleen Jones - Daffron
Peggy Lohr - Davis
Dana Struchtemeyer - Dooley
Andrea Jaramillo - Forman
Ranneh Kayfan - Frankford
Buffy Bynum - Gulledge
Blake Boydston - Haggar
Meredith Easter - Haggard
Nicole Holland - Harrington
Carrie O'Neal - Haun
Marcia Mauch - Head Start
Faye Middleton - Hedgcoxe
Kenny Johnson - Hendrick
Amaury Rosario - Hickey
Amanda Venable - Hightower
Alisha McShan - Huffman
Laura Young - Hughston
Kristie Fulbright - Hunt
Summer Duffie - Isaacs
Shelley Lloyd - Jackson

  Richard Zastoupil - Jasper
Mallory McCowen - Mathews
Connie Matthews - McCall
Dena McCutcheon - McMillen
Brenda Myers - Meadows
Lislia Padilla - Memorial
Baltazar (B.J.) Flores - Mendenhall
Debra Arledge - Miller
Katy McKinney - Mitchell
Cathy Beardshaw - Murphy
Shelly Furlong - Otto
Michelle Boss - Pearson
Tom Rapp - Plano East
Gregory Shields - Plano Senior
Wesley Kirpach - Plano West
Lynn Swartzendruber - Rasor
Kristen Harner - Renner
Lenora Huffington - Rice
Janet Marchuk - Robinson
Kelly Threadgill - Saigling
Macy Beedy - Schell
Jonni Easley - Schimelpfenig
Susan Bennett - Shepard
Ryan Bryson - Shepton
Alicia Fernandez - Sigler
Rachel Breceda - Skaggs
R. Kevin Sowell - Guinn
Loretta Bradshaw - Stinson
Susan Soledade - Thomas
Chris Ahrens - Vines
Catherine Smith - Weatherford
Sarah Fromhold - Wells
Ramy Mahmoud - Williams
Valerie Weadock - Wilson
Julie Brewton - Wyatt

About the Teacher of the Year Gala

During the gala celebration, 71 experienced teachers were honored, and the top 10 "Excellence in Teaching" awardees were announced. From the 10, Erin Swain and Ramy Mahmoud were named 2013 Teachers of the Year, elementary and secondary. These two teachers are now eligible for the Texas Teacher of the Year competition.

Committee Devoted to Honoring Teachers

Teacher of the Year Gala Planning and Solicitations Committee members secured generous monetary and in-kind gifts for the Teachers of the Year, Excellence in Teaching awardees and all teacher nominees. Committee co-chairs we re Joa Muns and Penny Chapman, community volunteers.

Teacher of the Year Selection Process

Teacher of the Year Selection Committee members interviewed all 71 teacher nominees and made awards selections.

Teacher of the Year Sponsors

Plano ISD sincerely appreciates the businesses, organizations and individuals who contributed financially and with gifts to the Teacher of the Year Gala. The generosity demonstrated by the Plano ISD community exemplifies the partnership for excellence in education. Look for "Proud Sponsor of the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Program" decals in these fine places of business.

Doctorate Degree

Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts
InTouch Credit Union

Master's Degree

M&A Technology

Associate's Degree

Blunck’s Photography
GCA Services Group, Inc.
Plano ISD Education Foundation

Dean's List

Don Painter Photography
Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc.


Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd
Corgan Associates, Inc.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Lifetouch National School Studios

Table Sponsors

Able Electric Service, Inc., for Plano West Senior High School
Aldridge Elementary School PTA
Andrews Elementary School
Armstrong Middle School PTA
Barksdale Elementary School
Barron Elementary School
Bethany Elementary School
Bettye Haun Elementary School PTA
Beverly Elementary School
Beverly Elementary School PTA
Boggess Elementary School
Boggess Elementary School PTA
Bowman Middle School PTA
Brinker Elementary School PTA
Carlisle Elementary School
Carlisle Elementary School PTA
Carpenter Middle School
Centennial Elementary School PTA
Christie Elementary School
Christie Elementary School PTA
Clark High School PTSA
Daffron Elementary School PTA
Dooley Elementary School PTA
Frankford Middle School PTA
Gulledge Elementary School PTA
Haggard Middle School PTA
Harrington Elementary School PTA (2 tables)
Hedgcoxe Elementary School PTA
Hendrick Middle School
Hickey Elementary School PTA
Hightower Elementary School PTA
Huffman Elementary School PTA
Hughston Elementary School PTA
Jackson Elementary School PTA
Jasper High School
Jasper High School PTSA
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Loreta Hickey Elementary School
Martha Hunt Elementary School PTA
Mathews Elementary School PTA
McMillen High School
McMillen High School PTSA
Meadows Elementry School PTA
Mendenhall Elementary School
Mendenhall Elementary School PTA
Miller Elementary School PTA
Mitchell Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School PTA
Otto Middle School (2 tables)
Otto Middle School PTA
Plano ISD Council of PTAs
Plano East Senior High School PTSA
Plano Senior High School
Plano Senior High School PTSA
Plano West Wolf Den PTSA
Rasor Elementary School PTA
Renner Middle School PTA
Rice Middle School PTA
Robinson Middle School
Robinson Middle School PTA (2 tables)
Rose Haggar Elementary School and PTA
Schell Elementary School
Schell Elementary School PTA
Schimelpfenig Middle School
Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA
Secondary Academic Services
Shepard Elementary School
Shepard Elementary School PTA
Shepton High School PTSA
Sigler Elementary School
Sigler Elementary School PTA
Skaggs Elementary School PTA
Stinson Elementary School
Stinson Elementary School PTA
The City of Plano
Vines High School PTSA
Weatherford Elementary School
Williams High School PTSA
Wilson Middle School PTA
Wyatt Elementary School PTA


Beaty Early Childhood School
Michael and Ann Boswell
Goldreich Orthodontics
Marshall V. Johnson DDS, MS, PA
Junior League of Collin County
Lisa and Kurt Kern
Lepley Orthodontics
Gail Lundberg
Mitchell Elementary School PTA
Olmsted-Kirk Paper Company
Schimelpfenig Middle School


Summer in a Lexus Package
Park Place Lexus Plano will provide two "Summer in a Lexus" packages, including the use of luxury vehicles, for the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year.

$2,000 and Up
Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill
Coach Oscar
Cutco Corporation
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Inc.
Smiley’s Studio, Inc.
Speedpro Imaging Frisco
Xstream Autoclean

$500 to $1,999

Alan Spencer & Associates, P.C.
Banana Leaf Thai Cuisine
Blue Moose Tees
Carmie’s Kitchen
Dallas Sidekicks
Gleneagles Country Club
Jack in the Box
Jack Mac’s Swill & Grill
Jimmy John’s – Preston/Frankford
Jostens – Plano
Market Street Plano
McDonald’s – The O’Reilly Group
Med Spa at The American Institute for Plastic Surgery
Picture This Green Screen
Raj Menon, Flatworld Design
Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge
The Purple Cow

$200 to $499
ABLe Communications, Inc.
Angela’s at the Crosswalk
Barnes & Noble Creekwalk
Bosco Pet Photography
Brinker International, Inc.
CineMark USA
FC Dallas
Gandy INK
Get Organized!
Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center
Midi Queen Handbags
Neiman Marcus
Judy Nordseth Photography
Plano ISD Council of PTAs
Plano Super Bowl
Richardson Bike Mart
Rick’s Chophouse
Paul I. Rubin, DDS, PA – Frisco Kids Dentistry
The Container Store
Waggin’ Tails Deluxe Daycare & Boarding
While You Work, Inc.

Business Recognition Packages - up to $199
4imprint, Inc.
Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy
Adventure Landing
Azure Med Spa
Barnes & Noble, Park and Preston
Blue Goose Cantina
Blue Mesa Grill
Campisi’s Restaurant, Inc.
Casa Rita’s Mexican Grill
Central Market Plano
Chamberlain School of Performing Arts
CineMark Legacy #251
Coca Cola Refreshments
Covino’s Pasta & Pizza
Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Children’s Theater
Dallas Cowboys Football Club
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dallas Zoo
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Discount Tire
Dr. Kracker
El Fenix
El Norte
Great Outdoors Subs Shops, Inc.
Half Price Books – Preston Village
Hawaiian Falls Waterparks
In Bloom Flowers
Institute of Health Promotion
Japon Steak House & Sushi Bar
Jason’s Deli #024
Jimmy John’s – Renner Rd.
Luna De Noche Tex Mex Grill
M Crowd Restaurant Group
Men’s Wearhouse
Plano Children’s Theatre
Plano Jazzercise Center
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Pop-Ins Maid Service
Renee Rouleau
Scotty P’s Hamburgers
Shakespeare Dallas
Southfork Hotel
Spring Creek Barbeque
Studio Movie Grill
Target #0067
Terilli’s Restaurant
Texas Olive Ranch by Cowgirl Brands LLC
The Gents Place
The Original Pancake House
Tino’s Too
Tom Thumb
Visible Changes
WaterTower Theatre

Contact Information

Questions about the gala and/or sponsorships? Please contact:

Plano ISD Communications Department
2700 W. 15th Street
Plano, Texas 75075
(P) 469-752-8150
(F) 469-752-8096





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Teacher of the Year Gala
Thursday, May 9, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Plano Centre