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Beaumont ISD Announces 2019-20 Teachers of the Year

Beaumont ISD named LaTara Dixon, of Bingman Head Start, as the elementary division and Ryan Monceaux, of Odom Academy, as the secondary division Teachers of the Year at the 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Celebration of Excellence Gala.

Dixon has spent eight out of her 10 years of teaching dedicated to BISD pre-K students. She is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Human Resources and a bachelor's degree in Early Education and is certified in grades EC-4.

Monceaux’s nine-year career has been devoted to teaching history at BISD. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University. He is also certified in Social Studies grades 4-8 and 8-12; English, Language Arts and Reading 8-12; and English as a Second Language Supplemental grades 4-12.

The 2019-20 Teacher of the Year Selection Committee was comprised of business partners, community stakeholders and students. They reviewed applications and interviewed the top five scoring elementary and secondary campus teachers of the year. The committee included Chair Margaret Swope, Lamar University; Co-chair Lancer Sylvester, ExxonMobil; John Williams, Beaumont Retired Teachers Association; Lauren Medina, West Brook High School; Jamya Mitchell, Beaumont United High School; Greg Sholl, Beaumont Teachers Association; and Ana Pereda, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

All campus Teachers of the Year received gifts from Edible Arrangements, Raising Cane’s, Mobiloil Credit Union, Legacy Community Health and more. In addition, Dixon and Monceaux will receive prizes including $1500, an iPad from Plumbers 911, season tickets to the Symphony of Southeast Texas, $500 gift certificate to Function-4, television from SOC Save Our Children and Beaumont Walmart, an overnight stay with breakfast and a Getaway Day Spa gift certificate from the MCM Elegante’ Hotel and more.

Dixon and Monceaux 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

Gold Sponsors - Karczewski, Bradshaw and Spalding LLP

Silver Sponsor - Regina Rogers, Blackboard Connect

Bronze Sponsors - CenterPoint Energy, Lamar University Foundation, Inc.


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

Mary Stivender of Amelia Elementary

Olivia Douglas of Beaumont United High School

LaTara Dixon of Bingman Head Start

Michele Foster of Blanchette Elementary

Brandie Broussard of Paul A. Brown Learning Center

Karen Measel of Caldwood Elementary

Cleatina Rougau of Charlton-Pollard Elementary

Katherine Williams of Sallie Curtis Elementary

Gina Levy of Dishman Elementary

Tiffany Lincoln of Early College High School

Bridget Smith of Fehl-Price Elementary

Kristy Schroeder of Fletcher Elementary

Ana Cooper of Roy Guess Elementary

Alecia Moore of Homer Drive Elementary

Glen Riley of Dr. Mae E. Jones-Clark Elementary

Marko Johnson of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Meghan Thomas of Lucas Pre-K Center

Kristi Powell of Marshall Middle School

Erica Jenkins of Martin Elementary

Ryan Monceaux of Odom Academy

Mary Guillory of Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary

Kelly Austin of Regina-Howell Elementary

Leon Phillips of Smith Middle School

Angelia Joseph of South Park Middle School

Carrie Teague of Taylor Career and Technology Center

Robert Ashabranner of Vincent Middle School

Aracely Placensia of West Brook High School