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2014 Teacher of the Year Nominees
to be Honored at May 15 Gala

Plano ISD's bright and bold Teacher of the Year nominees will be honored by the community at a gala celebration to be held the evening of Thursday, May 15, at Plano Centre, 2000 Spring Creek Parkway.

New! 2014 Teacher of the Year Gala Online Reservation Form

Teacher Nominees

About the Gala

Sponsor Forms
& Sponsor Listing

2013 Award Winners


Congratulations, Teacher of the Year Nominees

Heather Schmitt - Beaty
Kristi Vest - Head Start
Bethany Bowers - Isaacs
Sarah Senne - Pearson
Karen Christensen - Aldridge
Mindy Schreiber - Andrews
Chrystal Litman - Barksdale
Penelope Beazley - Barron
Connie Gillmore - Bethany
Nora Davis - Beverly
Ashley Dantzler - Boggess
Amy Chilcutt - Brinker
Laura Teague - Carlisle
Jennifer Collins - Centennial
Meagan Middlebrooks - Christie
Joanne Curley - Daffron
Erin Graham - Davis
Lauren Shaw - Dooley
Andrew Wick - Forman
Emily Hollingsworth - Gulledge
Lorie Lyon - Haggar
Linda Culbreth - Harrington
Cyndy Baltzley - Haun
Tiffany Samuel - Hedgcoxe
Michele Rollins - Hickey
Patrick Quinlan - Hightower
Donna Hartman - Huffman
Lori Turnbull - Hughston
Kelly Hamilton - Hunt
Shelly Arthur - Jackson
Kristin Glasscock - Mathews
Julie Walker - McCall
Leigh Adams - Meadows
Kaitlin Eckstein - Memorial
Debbie LaChey - Mendenhall
Lacy Watson - Miller

Laura Arellano - Mitchell
Rebecca Schaefer - Rasor
Christi Burkle - Saigling
Jessica Sides - Schell
Jana Martin - Shepard
Kari Tolle - Sigler
Megan Bruce - Skaggs
Whitney Pitzer - Stinson
Casey Howell - Thomas
Deborah A. Little - Weatherford
Stacy Lawrence - Wells
Kim Ramirez - Wyatt
Ashley Brown - Bird Center
Kathleen Farquhar - Armstrong
Mark Caspersen - Bowman
Kathleen Zeier - Carpenter
Anna Vines - Frankford
Eric Feldman - Haggard
Karen Horne - Hendrick
Nick Seibert - Murphy
Bonny Pan - Otto
Neelima Singh - Renner
Cindy Woolum - Rice
Kimberley Ahrens - Robinson
Azam Anet - Schimelpfenig
Kennitra Robertson - Wilson
Karen Stanton - Clark
David Jones - Jasper
Sarah Fischer - McMillen
Joshua Thompson - Shepton
Fred Sampson - Vines
Christine Miller - Williams
Megan Walters - Academy
Daniel Knight - Plano East
Terry Eder - Plano Senior
Barbara Nelson - Plano West


About the Teacher of the Year Gala

More than 1,200 guests are anticipated to attend the annual gala, where teacher nominees representing each campus will be honored, and the top 10 "Excellence in Teaching" awardees and the 2014 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year will be announced. The top two teachers will be eligible to participate in the Texas Teacher of the Year competition.

Teacher of the Year Selection Committee members will interview all teacher nominees this spring and will make awards selections.

Teacher of the Year Gala Planning and Solicitations Committee members are devoted to securing generous monetary and in-kind gifts for the Teachers of the Year, Excellence in Teaching awardees and all teacher nominees. Committee co-chairs Joa Muns and Penny Chapman, community volunteers, are leading the effort.

Teacher of the Year Sponsors / Forms

Plano ISD sincerely appreciates the businesses, organizations and individuals who contributed financially and with gifts to the Teacher of the Year Gala. Look for "Proud Sponsor of the Plano ISD Teacher of the Year Program" decals in these fine places of business.

A list of sponsors will be posted here and updated each week.

Presenting Sponsor

Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon & Roberts

Doctorate Degree

InTouch Credit Union

Bachelor's Degree

Park Place Lexus Plano

Associate's Degree

GCA Services Group, Inc.
PISD Education Foundation

Dean's List

Betty & James Muns Foundation
Don Painter Photography
Krypton Solutions


Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd
Corgan Associates, Inc.
David McDavid Lincoln of Plano
ER Centers of America Inc.
Phillips Painting
Warner Group, Inc.
WRA Architects


Beaty Early Childhood School
Michael and Ann Boswell
Carpenter Middle School PTA
Loreta Hickey
Lisa and Kurt Kern
Lepley Orthodontics
Gail Lundberg
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
Adventure Landing
American Laser Skincare
Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill
Creating Healthy Lifestyles
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Jostens/Texas Grad Shop, Inc.
Smiley’s Studio, Inc.

$500 to $1,999
4imprint, Inc.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit, 15th & Coit Road
Dillas Quesadillas
Gleneagles Country Club
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Jack in the Box
JC's Burger House
Luna De Noche TexMex Grill
Neiman Marcus Willow Bend
Papa John's
Plano Children's Theatre
Plano Family YMCA
Steve Fields' Steak & Lobster Lounge
Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

$200 to $499
Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk
Barnes & Noble, Park & Preston Roads
Ben & Jerry's
Bosco Pet Photography
Brinker International, Inc.
Chick-fil-A, Preston Road & Gary Burns Drive
Dr. Kracker
Japan House
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Judy Nordseth Photography
La Hacienda Ranch
Larry North Fitness
Mesquite Arena
North Texas Orthodontic Associates
Red Door Spa - Elizabeth Arden
Sonic Drive-In, Murphy
Texas Olive Ranch - Cowgirl Brands LLC
While You Work, Inc.

Business Recognition Packages – up to $199
III Forks - Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc.
Academy Sports & Outdoors
Baker Bros. American Deli
Bavarian Grill
Blue Mesa Grill
Blue Moose Tees
Boomer Jack's Grill
Campisi's Restaurants, Inc.
Chamberlain Performing Arts
Chamberlain School of Ballet
Chipolte Mexican Grill
Country Burger - Murphy
Dallas Children's Theater
Dallas Cowboys Football Club
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Zoo
El Norte Mexican Grill
Elements Massage
Family Christian
Fish Shack
Get Organized!
Half Price Books
Henry's Homemade Ice Cream
IHOP Restaurant
In Bloom Flowers, Gifts and More
InterContinental Dallas
Japon Steak House & Sushi Bar
Jersey Mike's
Jimmy John's #1138
la Madeleine Country French Café
Le Peep Restaurant of Plano
Lifeway Christian Stores
Men’s Wearhouse
Mogio's Gourmet Pizza
Mooya Burgers
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
Panera Bread
Pizza Hut
Pizzeria Testa
Plano ISD Alumni Association
Plano ISD Council of PTAs
Plano ISD Education Foundation
Plano Symphony Orchestra
Pluckers Wing Bar
Poor Richard's Café
Pop-Ins Maid Service
Renee Rouleau Skincare
Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course
Rockfish Seafood Grill
Rose Catering
Scotty P’s Hamburgers
Shady's Burger Joint
Sonic Drive-In, Custer Road &15th Street
Spaghetti Warehouse
Spring Creek Companies
Sprouts Farmers Market
Studio Movie Grill
Target 0067
Teacher's Tools
Terillis Restaurant
Texas Land & Cattle - Central Expressway
Texas Land & Cattle - Stacy Road
Texas Rangers Baseball Club
Texas Roadhouse
The Great Outdoors
Tino's Too
Tom Thumb
Walmart Neighborhood Market, Store 2995
WaterTower Theatre

Table Sponsors

Aldridge Elementary School PTA
Armstrong Middle School
Armstrong Middle School PTA
Barksdale Elementary School
Barron Elementary School PTA
Beaty Early Childhood School PTA (2 tables)
Bethany Elementary School
Beverly Elementary School
Beverly Elementary School PTA
Boggess Elementary School
Boggess Elementary School PTA
Bowman Middle School PTA
Carlisle Elementary School
Carlisle Elementary School PTA
Carpenter Middle School
Centennial Elementary School PTA
Christie Elementary School (2 tables)
City of Plano
Clark High School
R.C. Clark High School PTSA
Daffron Elementary School PTA
Davis Elementary School PTA
Dooley Elementary School PTA
Frankford Middle School PTA
Gulledge Elementary School
Rose Mary Haggar Elementary School
Harrington Elementary School PTA
Bettye Haun Elementary School PTA
Hedgcoxe Elementary School (2 tables)
Hendrick Middle School PTA
Loreta Hickey Elementary School
Hightower Elementary School PTA
Huffman Elementary School PTA
Hughston Elementary School PTA
Martha Hunt Elementary School PTA
Jasper High School PTSA
Mathews Elementary School PTA
McMillen High School
Mendenhall Elementary School PTA
Miller Elementary School PTA
Mitchell Elementary School
Otto Middle School
Otto Middle School PTA
Pearson Early Childhood School PTA
Plano East Senior High School Panthers Inc. PTSA
Plano ISD Council of PTAs
Plano Senior High School PTSA
Plano West Senior High School PTSA (2 tables)
John Rasor Elementary School PTA
Renner Middle School PTA
Rice Middle School PTA
Robinson Middle School
Robinson Middle School PTA
Schell Elementary School PTA
Schimelpfenig Middle School
Schimelpfenig Middle School PTA
Shepard Elementary School PTA
Shepton High School PTSA
Sigler Elementary School
Sigler Elementary School PTA
Skaggs Elementary School
Stinson Elementary School PTA
Thomas Elementary School PTA
Vines High School PTSA
Williams High School PTSA
Wilson Middle School
Wyatt Elementary School PTA


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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2013 winners

2013 Teachers of the Year Ramy Mahmoud and Erin Swain are pictured at last year's gala. Read all about Ramy, Erin and other "Excellence in Teaching Award" winners here.