• Teacher of the Year 2016

  • Erika Manning, Weatherford Elementary School instructional specialist, and Bryan Yee, Plano Senior High School mathematics teacher, were named 2016 Plano ISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, respectively, at the May 12 Teacher of the Year Gala, "The World Awaits: Make Your Mark," held at Plano Centre.

  • Early Childhood Programs

    Sydney Gantzer - Beaty Early Childhood School
    Claudia Yanez - Head Start Program
    Maria Hermosillo - Isaacs Early Childhood School
    Veronica Mueller - Pearson Early Childhood School

  • Elementary Schools

    Ashere Potter - Aldridge Elementary School
    Amy Moore - Andrews Elementary School
    Elyse Rimmer - Barksdale Elementary School
    Jacqueline Rivera - Barron Elementary School
    Paula Kleeburg - Bethany Elementary School
    Laura Schnitzer - Beverly Elementary School
    Katie Tigh - Bird Special Programs Center
    Grace Chen - Boggess Elementary School
    Joni Gigliotti - Brinker Elementary School
    Kimberly Thomas - Carlisle Elementary School
    Paige Nalley - Centennial Elementary School
    Cassie Doss - Christie Elementary School
    Skylar Plunkett - Daffron Elementary School
    Shelly Dutton - Davis Elementary School
    Andrea Burke - Dooley Elementary School
    Geannina Trujillo - Forman Elementary School
    Anna DiNucci - Gulledge Elementary School
    Paula Goacher - Haggar Elementary School
    Krista Benson - Harrington Elementary School
    Molly Davis - Haun Elementary School
    Tambra Reynolds - Hedgcoxe Elementary School
    Monica Maldonado - Hickey Elementary School
    Michelle Hu - Hightower Elementary School
    Shawn Greenberg - Huffman Elementary School
    Katy Brandeland - Hughston Elementary School
    Carole Greer - Hunt Elementary School
    Elise Adams - Jackson Elementary School
    Deanna Lowenthal - Mathews Elementary School
    Jennifer Trent - McCall Elementary School
    Joey Cobb - Meadows Elementary School
    Seema Shah - Memorial Elementary School
    Mary "Molly" Pond - Mendenhall Elementary School
    Lydia Formby - Miller Elementary School
    Katy Matthews - Mitchell Elementary School
    Diana Moore - Rasor Elementary School
    Geralyn Hendrick - Saigling Elementary School
    Graham Branson - Schell Elementary School
    Staci Mendelsohn - Shepard Elementary School
    Patricia Mancilla - Sigler Elementary School
    Kyla Ahnemann - Skaggs Elementary School
    Heather Stevens - Stinson Elementary School
    Ayanna Black - Thomas Elementary School
    Erika Manning - Weatherford Elementary School
    Jennifer Brown - Wells Elementary School
    Tanya Belmares - Wyatt Elementary School

  • Middle Schools

    Tara Cunningham - Armstrong Middle School
    Vickie Harper - Bowman Middle School
    Ashley Ogal - Carpenter Middle School
    Emily Garner - Frankford Middle School
    Lori Brooks - Haggard Middle School
    Karen Ridge - Hendrick Middle School
    Travis Ragsdale - Murphy Middle School
    Vanessa Chavez - Otto Middle School
    Kelly Brown - Renner Middle School
    Jennifer Thome - Rice Middle School
    Kayla Gassiott - Robinson Middle School
    David Meger - Schimelpfenig Middle School
    Chris Wolff - Wilson Middle School

  • High Schools

    Jacie Moore - Academy High School
    Natalie Bauerkemper - Clark High School
    Vernon "Jackie" Digby - Jasper High School
    Lori Lysobey - McMillen High School
    Tiffany Fields - Shepton High School
    Meredith Smith - Vines High School
    Matt Zellner - Williams High School

  • Senior High Schools

    Abby Cole - Plano East Senior High School
    Bryan Yee - Plano Senior High School
    Rhonda Smith - Plano West Senior High School

  • The outgoing 2015 Plano ISD Teachers of the Year were recognized in a short video tribute of the past year; Lilli Wisler - Elementary Teacher of the Year and Jennifer Denton - Secondary Teacher of the Year.
  • About the Teacher of the Year GalaMore than 1,100 guests attended the annual gala, where teacher nominees representing each campus were honored, and the top 10 "Excellence in Teaching" awardees and the 2016 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year were announced. The top two teachers will be eligible to participate in the Texas Teacher of the Year competition.

    2016 Teacher of the Year Selection Committee members interviewed all teacher nominees and made awards selections. Teacher of the Year Gala Planning and Solicitations Committee members secured monetary and in-kind gifts for the Teachers of the Year, Excellence in Teaching awardees and all teacher nominees. Planning committee co-chairs were Tamra Sadafsaz, Plano ISD Council of PTAs executive board, and Jennifer Jamieson, Plano ISD Education Foundation directors.


    Plano ISD has alumni impacting lives around the world. Check out these thoughts from former Plano ISD students in the video below as they describe the teachers that helped guide them in the direction their dreams would take them.