- Beaumont Independent School District
Smith and Veal named 2021-22 Teachers of the Year
Beaumont ISD named Meagan Smith, of Sallie Curtis Elementary School, as the elementary division and Ebonique Veal, of Taylor Career Center, as the secondary division Teachers of the Year at the 2021-22 Teacher of the Year Celebration of Excellence Gala.
Smith has spent 12 years of her teaching career sharing the love of learning with BISD elementary students, specializing in English, language arts and reading. In addition, Smith has served BISD as a curriculum writer, mentor teacher, workshop facilitator and more. She is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
For four and a half years, Veal has been dedicated to teaching BISD secondary students English and reading. She holds a Bachelor’s of General Studies and a Master of Education in Administration from Lamar University.
The selection committee is composed of business partners, parents, students and community stakeholders. After reviewing applications, they interviewed the top five elementary and top five secondary campus teachers of the year. The committee included Chair Margaret Swope, Lamar University; Co-chair Alena Savoie, ExxonMobil; John Williams, Beaumont Retired Area Retired Teachers; Fannie Brown, Beaumont Public Schools Foundation; Caleb Wilson, West Brook High School; Kadence Garlington, Beaumont United High School; Greg Sholl, Beaumont Teachers Association; and Bill Allen, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.
Smith and Veal will go on to represent BISD at the regional level. If successful, they will compete for State Texas Teacher of the Year. This program is facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators, who claim 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
Silver Sponsors - Regina Rogers, Legacy Community Health, Lamar Institute of Technology, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church
Bronze Sponsors - Blackboard, CenterPoint Energy, Lamar University Office of the President, CommonCents Credit Union (double sponsor), D.A.D.S., Lamar University Community Relations, MAYA Counseling, Roy West Team Home Loans/Guild Mortgage
The campus nominees for Teacher of the Year, in alphabetical order by school, are:
Amelia Elementary: Tabitha Walton
Beaumont United High School: Darrell Wiggins
Bingman Head Start: Terri Flowers
Blanchette Elementary: Patricia Blueford
Caldwood Elementary: Kate Grant
Charlton-Pollard Elementary: Cynthia Gibson
Curtis Elementary: Meagan Smith
Dishman Elementary: Audrey Logan
Early College High School: Delcie Thomas
Fehl-Price Classical Academy: Marida Chaisson-Joubert
Fletcher Elementary: Celene Mayo
Guess Elementary: Holly Martin
Homer Drive Elementary: Jaricha Boswell
PLA at Jones Clark: Deborah Dominick
King Middle School: Tina Hickman
Lucas Pre-K Center: Peggy Burns
Martin Elementary: Tashia Brannon
Marshall Middle School: Megan Arriaga
Odom Academy: Pamela Barrington
Pathways Learning Center: Robin Ceaser
Paul Brown Learning Center: Brandie Broussard
Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary: Kealee Cueva-Huff
Regina-Howell Elementary: Porcha Martin
PLA at Smith Middle School: Ashley Samuel
Taylor Career Center: Ebonique Veal
Vincent Middle School: Elizabeth Graff
West Brook High School: Sharon Matthews
View photos from the luncheon in the gallery below.