The Socorro Independent School District surprised its 2022 Elite 8 Teachers of the Year Feb. 15 and 16 with visits at their schools to inform them that they were selected as finalists in the district’s teacher of the year program.
The teachers received balloons, a plaque and a congratulatory banner from Interim Superintendent Marta C. Carmona, Ed.D. and district administrators as they were given the news in front of their students and colleagues.
The SISD 2022 Elite 8 Teachers of the Year are:
Irasema Torres, a fourth-grade teacher at Vista del Sol Elementary. She has been an educator for 15 years and is also the literary anthology campus coordinator.
Luz Eugenia Olave, a second-grade dual language teacher at Myrtle Cooper Elementary. She has been an educator for 16 years and is also the Latino Family Literacy facilitator.
David Zavala, a reading intervention teacher for grades PK through fifth at Horizon Heights Elementary. He has been an educator for 48 years and is the UIL storytelling and writing coordinator.
Patricia Flores, a third-grade WIN Academy teacher at Campestre Elementary. She has been teaching for 18 years and incorporates the Pink Socks Tribe of Kindness at her school.
Veronica Lopez, a seventh-grade reading and language arts teacher at SPC. Rafael Hernando III Middle. She has been an educator for six years and was part of the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee for five years.
Vanessa M. Payan, a theater arts teacher at Hurshel Antwine Middle. She has been teaching for 13 years and is involved in Destination Imagination, Technology Showcase, UIL oral reading and one-act play.
Sandra Elizabeth Camacho, a seventh- and eighth-grade Spanish teacher at Sun Ridge Middle. She has been teaching for nine years and is involved in the school’s Spanish club and UIL art smart.
Angie Soria, an 11th-grade U.S. history teacher at Socorro High School. She has been an educator for 12 years and was the interim student council director, a varsity cheer coach, part of the Tech Cadre committee and DNA team.
The Elite 8 Teachers of the Year will participate in the next round of the TOY program to select the top elementary and secondary winners who will represent SISD at the regional level. The top two winners will be named in May.