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The Socorro Independent School District celebrated its Teacher of the Year Announcement, naming the top two district winners for 2021.
The livestreamed, second annual virtual announcement showcased all SISD Campus Teachers of the Year and the Elite 8 finalists and culminated with the announcement of the top two district winners.
The 2021 SISD Elementary Teacher of the Year is Kelsey Anderson from Cactus Trails Elementary School. She is a third-grade teacher and has been teaching for nine years. Anderson said she works to help her students believe in themselves and build their confidence in their schoolwork, in achieving a goal, or even just speaking up in class.
Anderson gave credit to all her students for molding her into the dedicated educator that she has become.
“This award isn’t for me,” Anderson said. “It’s for my past and present students because they make me the kind of teacher that I am today. They are the reason why I teach.”
The 2021 SISD Secondary Teacher of the Year is Donna Siañez from El Dorado High School. She is a professional communications teacher and has been an educator for 23 years.
Siañez teaches her students to encourage one another to work toward success, to do their best and to treat each other with kindness and respect. During her speech in the virtual announcement, she expressed gratitude to her fellow educators.
“We have such dedicated teachers in our district, and I am so humbled and honored to represent us all,” Siañez said. “If there is any success I can claim, it is because of all the people I am surrounded by and I have nothing but love for them all.”
SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., and Board of Trustees President Cynthia Najera congratulated all Campus Teachers of the Year during the special presentation, recognized the Elite 8 finalists and thanked all teachers for their outstanding work in SISD.
Watch the 2021 Teacher of the Year Virtual Announcement below