• September 19, 2020
 Ysleta ISD reveals 2019-2020 Support Employee, Teachers of the Year

Ysleta ISD reveals 2019-2020 Support Employee, Teachers of the Year

Ramona Elementary School teacher Fernando Arriaga and Parkland Middle School teacher Michelle Marie Sandoval were named YISD’s top 2019-2020 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, respectively, at a special event Friday, May 3, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center at Fort Bliss.

In addition, Linda Bustillos from South Loop Elementary School was named the 2019-2020 Support Employee of the Year.

Arriaga, a P.E. and health teacher at Ramona Elementary School, has managed to successfully combine his love of martial arts, physical education, and teaching during his 11 years at YISD and 25 years as a martial-arts instructor.

Arriaga credits his success to an inspirational Army veteran named Isaac Perea, who taught him martial arts as a child and young man. “He is an influential man who lives every day as if it’s his last, and I developed a passion for teaching through his influence,” he said.
“I love my job, and I am passionate about my profession,” said Arriaga, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Other finalists for Elementary Teacher of the Year were: Veronica Aguirre (Dolphin Terrace ES), Gaylynn Caraveo (East Point ES), Laura Fonte (Glen Cove ES), and Lisa Martinez-Medina (Pebble Hills ES).

Sandoval, a math teacher at Parkland Middle School, has worked as a teacher for the past 10 years. Her enthusiasm for education has not waned since the day she stepped inside the “energetic and loving” classroom of her first-grade teacher, whom she describes as “ultimate example of an educator and true role model that I still aspire to be.

“Her impact on my life was grand,” said Sandoval, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. “I knew I wanted to become a teacher who would touch the lives of so many young minds.”

Other finalists for Secondary Teacher of the Year were George Padilla (Bel Air HS), Casey Rangel (J.M. Hanks HS), Jasmine Estrada (Riverside HS), and Jessica Pussman (Desert View MS).

Bustillos, who has worked for the district for six years, is currently a Special Education aide at South Loop Elementary School. She routinely goes above and beyond in her duties at YISD – including creating new learning stations at her campus this year.

Teachers are able to use all four stations (exercise movement, writing, reflection, and cool-down) to enhance student learning.

Other Support Employee of the Year finalists were: Barbara Licon (Cesar Chavez Academy); Lorraine Baeza (J.M. Hanks HS); Bernadette Ross (Parkland ES); and Ida Ruiz (Central Office).

Arriaga and Sandoval will now go on to compete in the Teacher of the Year competition for Region 19.

A list of all 2019-2020 YISD campus Teachers of the Year and Support Employees of the Year can be found on below.

CampusTeacher of the YearSupport Employee of the Year                
Bel Air MSDavid A. StottSandra Lechuga
Del Valle MSNoneSteven A. Soto
Desert View MSJessica PussmanRafael Flores
Eastwood MSLuAnn Baker AllenCesar R. Chacon
Indian Ridge MSRachael DouglasNorma Garcia
Parkland MSMichelle Marie SandovalYvette Ramos
Rio Bravo MSArlene LuceroJulian A. Covarrubias
Riverside MSMelissa GarciaJuan A. Gamboa
Young Women’s LeadershipMichelle VelaMaria Golston
Ysleta MSKaren NelsonMaria Castaneda
Bel Air HSGeorge PadillaDavid Nieto
Cesar Chavez AcademyFelipe SarabiaBarbara Licon
Del Valle HSMarisol Manriquez RiveraSylvia Muniz
Eastwood HSAshley Nicole OropezaElizabeth Arellano
J. M. Hanks HSCasey A. RangelLorraine Baeza
Parkland HSDaniel R. ValdezNaomi Castro
Plato AcademyShirley Anne TalleyNorma Flores
Riverside HSJasmine EstradaAna M. Holguin
Tejas School of ChoiceIda Jean TovarNatalie N. Morales
Valle Verde ECHSRuben AmadorVeronica Bailon
Ysleta HSAmelia GarciaMaria E. Corona
YCLCNAAna M. Ortega


Campus                Teacher of the YearSupport Employee of the Year                
Alicia R. Chacon Int’lEvangelina G. RodriguezJennifer Guzman
Ascarate ESCesar JacquezLeticia Couder
Capistrano ESCristina LunaJennifer Marines
Cedar Grove ESIrma Irene HurtadoJovita Jaquez
Constance Hulbert ESVirginia Beltran-AldacoOlga Chavez
Del Norte Heights ESStephanie BeltranAlejandro Garcia
Del Valle ESRebecca RiveraEstela Valenzuela
Desertaire ESAndrea V. CaraballoMaria E. Barragan
Dolphin Terrace ESVeronica AguirreIris Calzadillas
East Point ESGaylynn CaraveoJoan A. Samaniego
Eastwood Heights ESLiliana V. GomezBelinda Mojica
Edgemere ESAngelica Ingles-VasquezMaritza Loya
Eastwood Knolls Int’lBrett Allen HeimerKaren Flores
Glen Cove ESLaura FonteIda L. White
Hacienda Heights ESSusana LaraTeresita D. Alvarez
Lancaster ESRosario G. DiazEleonora Arrieta
LeBarron Park ESLorena Alvarez BadilloNancy Valenzuela
Loma Terrace ESCarmen Arevalo ReedLuis O. Serna
Marian Manor ESMartha CarrilloDenise Rodriguez
Mesa Vista ESJacqueline AngersteinArturo Ceniceros
Mission Valley ESJulio ChaparroBeatriz Marquez
North Loop ESYvette GutierrezJuan A. Flores
North Star ESMaria N. AvalosNatalie Delgado
Parkland ESTeresa RodriguezBernadette Ross
Parkland Pre-KCecilia TorresGuadalupe Vega
Pasodale ESDiana AngelesSandra Johnson
Pebble Hills ESLisa Martinez-MedinaVeronica Pompa
Presa ESVictor SalazarLorenzo Elias
Ramona ESFernando ArriagaDiana Rodriguez
REL Washington ESJenny MarquezMaria Ortega
Sageland ESAraceli DelgadoMinerva Wright
Scotsdale ESDebbie VasquezEunice Torres
South Loop ESMichel L. Acosta DiazLinda Bustillos
Thomas Manor ESAracely BacaYvonne Loera
Tierra Del Sol ESCandace Lee GonzalezEnrique Payan
Vista Hills ESCynthia FrederickMaria D. Estrada
Ysleta ESDiane EmilianoRosa I. Samaniego
Ysleta Pre-KNorma A. RiosChante C. Santibanez
Central OfficeNAIda Ruiz
Central ServicesNALourdes Villa

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