Friday afternoon, the Socorro Independent School District celebrated its first-ever Teacher of the Year virtual announcement to name the top two district winners.
The online event showcased all 48 campus Teachers of the Year and Elite 8 finalists and culminated with the announcement of the top two district winners – the 2020 Elementary and Secondary SISD Teachers of the Year.
The 2020 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year is Pedro Gurrola from Vista del Sol Elementary School. He is a fifth-grade teacher and has been an educator for 23 years.
Gurrola teaches his students to never give up and to always believe in themselves. He expressed gratitude to his colleagues in his speech after he was named the winner.
“One of the highest compliments anyone can receive is when you are recognized by your peers. I would not be the educator that I am today had it not been for the good fortune throughout my career to have crossed paths with so many positive and amazing administrators, educators, custodians and cafeteria ladies,” Gurrola said. “For that reason, for a season, for a reason or a lifetime, they left footprints alongside mine.”
The 2020 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year is Crystal Avila from Socorro High School. She is a biology teacher and has been an educator for 13 years.
Avila works to ensure her students know they can trust her and that she cares deeply for them. During her speech, she also acknowledged the tireless commitment that all teachers display for their students.
“In no way, I cannot say that I am more deserving of this award over any other teacher because every single one of us works hard, every single day, and we have become even far more resilient during this pandemic,” Avila said. “But what I can say is this, I will continue to do my best to represent the great things that every single teacher in our district is doing.”
SISD Superintendent Jose Espinoza, Ed.D. and Board of Trustees President Cynthia Najera also took part in the event, congratulating the Teachers of the Year and thanking them for their service and dedication.
The virtual announcement garnered 1,300 views on the YouTube livestream. To view the replay, click play above.