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BISD Educators honored at 4th annual Celebration of Excellence Gala

Beaumont ISD recently named its 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year at the Celebration of Excellence Gala. Blanchette Elementary School teacher Lillie Spiller was named 2018-2019 BISD Elementary Division Teacher of the Year and Central Medical Magnet High School teacher Marinette Parkerson was named the 2018-2019 Secondary Division Teacher of the Year.

LIllie Spiller Headshot Lillie Spiller of Blanchette Elementary has 19 years of teaching experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas A&M University in Kingsville and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Spiller is certified in Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-6).

Marinette Parkerson of Central Medical Magnet High School has Marinette Parkerson Headshot 10 years of teaching experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lamar University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University, a Doctorate in Theology from the Beaumont Theological Institute and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. Parkerson is certified in Technology Applications (Grades EC-12), Business Education (Grades 6-12) and School Counselor (Grades EC-12).

The West Brook High School NJROTC kicked off the evening with the presentation of colors, followed by the welcome from BISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Frossard. Throughout the evening, video vignettes of campus teachers of the year were shown, doing what they do best — teaching and interacting with our students. Music was provided by the Flava Band and BISD Special Assistant to the Superintendent Derwin Samuels served as the master of ceremonies.

The 2018 Teacher of the Year Selection Committee was comprised of business partners, community stakeholders and students. They interviewed the top five elementary and secondary campus teachers of the year. The committee included Margaret Swope, chair, Lamar University; Dr. Lori Rochelle, co-chair, Lamar Institute of Technology; Fannie Brown, Beaumont Retired Teachers Association; Shirlene Cook, Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc; Ty Fuselier, West Brook High School Student Council; Dr. Tom Noyola, Lamar Institute of Technology; Alexus Popillion, Central Medical Magnet High School Student Council; Lizette Rivera, Lamar Institute of Technology; Lancer Sylvester, ExxonMobil; Hannah Ward, Beaumont Foundation, Amaya Washington, Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School Student Council; and Mary Beth Woodall, Association of Texas Professional Educators.

In December 2017, a ‘Teacher of the Year’ was selected from each BISD campus. Each nominee was chosen by their colleagues and asked to submit an application. They received gifts from Beaumont Emergency Center, Mobiloil Federal Credit Union, Neighbors Emergency Center and others. In addition, Spiller and Parkerson will receive gifts valued at over $2500 including an HP Printer from Star Graphics/Function4, an iPad from Plumbers Local Union #68, $1500, a gift basket from Raising Cane’s and more.

Spiller and Parkerson will go on to represent BISD at the regional level. If successful, they will compete at the State Texas Teacher of the Year. The Texas Teacher of the Year program has been in existence since 1969 and showcases outstanding educators. This program is facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). According to TASA, the Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.

BISD would like to thank the following sponsors for their partnership:

Star Sponsor - ExxonMobil

Platinum Sponsor - Regina Rogers

Gold Sponsors - Karczewski Bradshaw LLP

Silver Sponsors - Staples

Bronze Sponsors - CenterPoint Energy, Gateway Mortgage Group, H-E-B, Lamar University Foundation, Inc.

Friends of BISD - Beaumont Emergency Center, Blackboard Connect


Campus Teachers of the Year

The campus nominees for Teacher of the Year, in alphabetical order by school, are:

Crystal Collins of Amelia Elementary

Tuesday Alfred of Bingman Head Start

Lillie Spiller of Blanchette Elementary

Jola Waggener of Paul A. Brown Learning Center

Sheri Remirez of Caldwood Elementary

Marinette Parkerson of Central Medical Magnet High School

Ola McGrew of Charlton-Pollard Elementary

Clover Stiles of Sallie Curtis Elementary

Cheryl Spangler of Dishman Elementary

Denise Clement of Early College High School

Tamela Griffin of Fehl-Price Elementary

Yolander Davis of Fletcher Elementary

Tan Nguyen of Roy Guess Elementary

Keisha Hadnot of Homer Drive Elementary

Brandi Rideaux of Dr. Mae E. Jones-Clark Elementary

Erica Culpepper of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Jennifer Wulf of Lucas Pre-K Center

Kathy Reamy of Marshall Middle School

Zandra Collins of Martin Elementary

Robin Williams of Odom Academy

Raquel Anders of Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School

Jo Anette Hartfield of Pathways Learning Center

Darlene Barrett of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary

Audrea Downing of Regina-Howell Elementary

Andrea Harmon of Smith Middle School

Doris Wilson of South Park Middle School

Troy Burnett of Taylor Career and Technology Center

Cory Long of Vincent Middle School

Lori Abel of West Brook High School


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