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Socorro, Clint ISD Teachers Named 2018 Region 19 Teachers of the Year

Leading the way, Christina Luna-Castaños and Luis C. Luna, strive to elevate the role of teachers because teaching – is the most important profession. It influences all other professions.

Both educators received the region’s highest teaching honor for their ability to inspire their students at an award ceremony at the El Paso Convention Center on Saturday, July 22.

Luna-Castaños, a fifth grade teacher at Purple Heart Elementary in the Socorro Independent School District was named Elementary Teacher of the Year. And Luna, a History teacher at Clint Junior High in the Clint Independent School District was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Through this recognition, Luna-Castaños aims to represent and be the voice for many students and fellow teachers.

“Our passion is to find the meaningful joys in teaching. When we shed the light on all the positive things happening in education, promising teachers will be drawn to our profession,” said Luna-Castaños. “By attracting those aspiring individuals called to our profession, we can all better shape the future of our society.”

As for Luna, he takes this opportunity to guide and enlighten other educators.

“Our profession calls for us to be teachers, counselors, mothers, fathers, motivators, listeners, and coaches,” said Luna. “Teachers impact students’ lives every day. We must motivate our students and peers to be the best. Teachers are like coaches of the NBA, NFL, MLB; we coach our athletes to win the ultimate championship.”

Luna-Castaños and Luna advance to compete for the Texas Teacher of the Year title in Austin, Texas on September 15.

In addition to the Region 19 top two educators, 20 District Teachers of the Year were also honored.

Socorro ISD Celebrates Teachers of the Year

The Socorro Independent School District celebrated its 46 Campus Teachers of the Year at the district’s 2017 Teacher of the Year Gala on May 13 at the Judson F. Williams Hall in the El Paso Convention Center.

Christina Luna Castaños, from Purple Heart Elementary School, was named the 2017 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. Castaños is a fifth-grade English language Arts and Reading teacher and has been an educator for 15 years.

“I’m on top of the world,” Castaños said. “This means I can represent the teachers from our district and represent them well.”

Candace Printz, from El Dorado High School, was named the 2017 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year. Printz is an art teacher and has been teaching for 12 years.

“I want to do the right thing by representing the district and our teachers,” Printz said. “I feel honored.”

The district elementary and secondary winners will go on to represent SISD in the Region 19 Teacher of Year competition in August.

“For me, I love this night because it is a chance to celebrate our Team SISD teachers,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent. “They are our HEROES in the classroom!”

More than 1,000 people attended the event, including teachers, principals, family members and other SISD staff. Each school’s Campus Teacher of the Year was recognized at the gala, including those who were selected as Elite 8 finalists.

Telemundo 48 news anchor Karla Mariscal was the master of ceremonies for the gala.

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