Teacher of the Year
2023 Teachers of the Year Gala Celebration
On the evening of May 11, 2023, seventy-four teacher of the year campus nominees from every school were honored during the Teacher of the Year Gala at the Plano Event Center. We celebrated with a fun-filled evening because Plano ISD "Believes in the Magic!" Thank you to the many sponsors who made this event possible by providing sponsorships and gifts for nominees, finalists and the top two winning teachers of the year. It was a wonderful celebration for those who believe in the magic of our Plano ISD students!
From the campus honorees, 10 teachers were honored as finalists and named the 2023 Marilyn Brooks Excellence in Teaching Award Winners. From this group, the district's two teachers of the year were selected.
2023 Marilyn Brooks Excellence in Teaching Awardees picture with board members and superintendent: Jeri Chambers, Board Secretary; Nancy Humphrey Board Vice President; Jessica Williams, Pearson Early Childhood School and Elementary Teacher of the Year; Sara Finkler, Vines High School; Lauren McKellar, Renner Middle School; Kristy Dellinger, Dooley Elementary; Kinnari Bhakta, Hunt Elementary; Madison Holley; Beaty Early Childhood School; Thanh Nguyen, Carpenter Middle School; Doris Kottwitz, Plano East Senior High; Ashley Hendrickson, Clark High School and Secondary Teacher of the Year, Miranda Smith, IB World School at Huffman Elementary; Dr. Theresa Williams, Superintendent of Schools; and Dr. Lauren Tyra, Trustee