Video+Story: STTE Foundation, CREEED honor local educators with Teacher Awards

Saturday night, the Success Through Technology Education (STTE) Foundation and CREEED recognized the exceptional accomplishments of eight El Paso-area educators as part of the 2021 STTE Foundation/CREEED Teacher Awards.

Thanks to a partnership with KVIA-TV, this year’s Teacher Awards were presented during a broadcast awards show.
“Although we took a different approach with this year’s Teacher Awards due to the pandemic, I am proud to recognize these eight teachers and broadcast their accomplishments across the region,” said Joseph Sapien, executive director of the STTE Foundation. “With traditional education completely changed since the pandemic, It is only fitting that we honor these amazing teachers – for their efforts to not only teach the curriculum, but also ensure each child feels supported to succeed in any environment.”
Educators recognized during today’s awards show displayed their dedication to students and families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by developing creative solutions to ensure children continued to learn and grow, even in virtual learning environments.
Specifically, today’s winners have excelled at encouraging students to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) fields, providing innovative approaches to curriculum, afterschool programming, and access to various means of professional development to students in the El Paso region.
The eight awardees honored during this year’s event are:
  • Texas Gas Service Education Leadership Award – Fan Chen, El Paso Community College
  • STTE Foundation Regional Innovator Award – Laura Ramos, Hillside Elementary School, El Paso ISD
  • Western Tech Inspirational Pathway Award – Veronica Garcia, Americas High School, Socorro ISD
  • WestStar Bank Math Architect Award – Rosalinda Gaucin, Anthony Middle School, Anthony ISD
  • Technology Cultivator Award – Arturo Ordaz, Mesa Vista Elementary School, Ysleta ISD
  • TFCU Entrepreneurship Producer Award – Sherral Trotter, Northwest Early College High School, Canutillo ISD
  • CREEED Outstanding School Achievement Award – Claudia Anaya, Tornillo Intermediate School, Tornillo ISD
  • El Paso Electric STEAM Creator Award – Lisa Roskosky, Canutillo Middle School, Canutillo ISD
Serving as the event’s lead sponsor, CREEED reinforces its dedication to supporting educators in the region by investing in key initiatives and establishing programs that help teachers enter, train, and advance within the profession.
“When we initially formed CREEED in 2014, we knew that if we sought to improve student attainment in our schools, there needed to be a sharp focus on supporting teachers in their development as educators,” said Richard A. Castro, Chairman of CREEED. “We are pleased to have partnered with key community organizations, like the STTE Foundation, to continue our work and make an impact on our region’s educational and economic trajectory.”
The 2021 STTE/ CREEED Teacher Awards was also sponsored by El Paso Electric, TFCU, Texas One Gas, WestStar Bank, and Western Tech.  For more information, click here.
The full awards show is also available to watch below.