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Aug. 24, 2018 - Del Frisco's Treats Plano ISD "Top Ten" Excellence in Teaching 2018 Award Winning Teachers

On August 10, the Plano ISD 2018 Teacher of the Year "Top Ten" Excellence in Teaching award winners were treated to a special private dinner at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. We thank Del Frisco's for their support of educators in Plano.

Each Spring, ten "Excellence in Teaching" winners are selected from a field of 72 elite teachers, one from each Plano school, who have been nominated by their peers as campus teachers of the year. The competition for "Excellence in Teaching" is fierce, and we are proud to honor these dedicated teachers. Two of these ten teachers were further honored as district teachers of the year: Dr. Keishon Ireland as Elementary Teacher of the Year and Michelle Johnson as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

  • Bernard Aikens, Plano East Senior High School, Excellence in Secondary Teaching
  • Gabriela Arzola, Thomas Elementary School, Excellence in Elementary Teaching
  • Shanae Austin, Renner Middle School, Excellence in Secondary Teaching
  • Ashley Dantzler, Huffman Elementary School, Excellence in Elementary Teaching
  • Ben Dixon, Bird Special Programs Center, Excellence in Secondary Teaching
  • Dr. Keishon Ireland, Mitchell Elementary School, Plano ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2018
  • Michelle Johnson, Rice Middle School, Plano ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2018
  • Cheryl Lombardo, Hughston Elementary School, Excellence in Elementary Teaching
  • Travis Smith, Williams High School, Excellence in Secondary Teaching
  • Harold White, Boggess Elementary School, Excellence in Elementary Teaching

Attending the reception honoring the teachers were School Board President Missy Bender, Superintendent of Schools Sara Bonser and Plano Mayor Pro Tem Ron Kelley and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Angela Minor. Gifts to the teachers were graciously provided by Del Frisco's and Ruff Cuff. 

 Excellence in Teaching award winners at restaurant

Cheryl Lombardo, Hughston Elementary; Dr. Keishon Ireland, Mitchell Elementary; Harold White, Boggess Elementary; Michelle Johnson, Rice Middle School; Ashley Dantzler, Huffman Elementary; Travis Smith, Williams High School; Gabriela Arzola, Thomas Elementary; Ben Dixon, Bird Special Programs; (unable to attend were Bernard Aikens, Plano East Senior High and Shanae Austin, Renner Middle School).

With gift bags: Bernard Aikens Plano East and Shanae Austin Renner MS

(Right) Bernard Aikens, Plano East Senior High and (left) Shanae Austin, Renner Middle School.