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.
|Campus||Teacher of the Year||Support Employee of the Year|
|Bel Air MS||David A. Stott||Sandra Lechuga|
|Del Valle MS||None||Steven A. Soto|
|Desert View MS||Jessica Pussman||Rafael Flores|
|Eastwood MS||LuAnn Baker Allen||Cesar R. Chacon|
|Indian Ridge MS||Rachael Douglas||Norma Garcia|
|Parkland MS||Michelle Marie Sandoval||Yvette Ramos|
|Rio Bravo MS||Arlene Lucero||Julian A. Covarrubias|
|Riverside MS||Melissa Garcia||Juan A. Gamboa|
|Young Women’s Leadership||Michelle Vela||Maria Golston|
|Ysleta MS||Karen Nelson||Maria Castaneda|
|Bel Air HS||George Padilla||David Nieto|
|Cesar Chavez Academy||Felipe Sarabia||Barbara Licon|
|Del Valle HS||Marisol Manriquez Rivera||Sylvia Muniz|
|Eastwood HS||Ashley Nicole Oropeza||Elizabeth Arellano|
|J. M. Hanks HS||Casey A. Rangel||Lorraine Baeza|
|Parkland HS||Daniel R. Valdez||Naomi Castro|
|Plato Academy||Shirley Anne Talley||Norma Flores|
|Riverside HS||Jasmine Estrada||Ana M. Holguin|
|Tejas School of Choice||Ida Jean Tovar||Natalie N. Morales|
|Valle Verde ECHS||Ruben Amador||Veronica Bailon|
|Ysleta HS||Amelia Garcia||Maria E. Corona|
|YCLC||NA||Ana M. Ortega|
|Campus||Teacher of the Year||Support Employee of the Year|
|Alicia R. Chacon Int’l||Evangelina G. Rodriguez||Jennifer Guzman|
|Ascarate ES||Cesar Jacquez||Leticia Couder|
|Capistrano ES||Cristina Luna||Jennifer Marines|
|Cedar Grove ES||Irma Irene Hurtado||Jovita Jaquez|
|Constance Hulbert ES||Virginia Beltran-Aldaco||Olga Chavez|
|Del Norte Heights ES||Stephanie Beltran||Alejandro Garcia|
|Del Valle ES||Rebecca Rivera||Estela Valenzuela|
|Desertaire ES||Andrea V. Caraballo||Maria E. Barragan|
|Dolphin Terrace ES||Veronica Aguirre||Iris Calzadillas|
|East Point ES||Gaylynn Caraveo||Joan A. Samaniego|
|Eastwood Heights ES||Liliana V. Gomez||Belinda Mojica|
|Edgemere ES||Angelica Ingles-Vasquez||Maritza Loya|
|Eastwood Knolls Int’l||Brett Allen Heimer||Karen Flores|
|Glen Cove ES||Laura Fonte||Ida L. White|
|Hacienda Heights ES||Susana Lara||Teresita D. Alvarez|
|Lancaster ES||Rosario G. Diaz||Eleonora Arrieta|
|LeBarron Park ES||Lorena Alvarez Badillo||Nancy Valenzuela|
|Loma Terrace ES||Carmen Arevalo Reed||Luis O. Serna|
|Marian Manor ES||Martha Carrillo||Denise Rodriguez|
|Mesa Vista ES||Jacqueline Angerstein||Arturo Ceniceros|
|Mission Valley ES||Julio Chaparro||Beatriz Marquez|
|North Loop ES||Yvette Gutierrez||Juan A. Flores|
|North Star ES||Maria N. Avalos||Natalie Delgado|
|Parkland ES||Teresa Rodriguez||Bernadette Ross|
|Parkland Pre-K||Cecilia Torres||Guadalupe Vega|
|Pasodale ES||Diana Angeles||Sandra Johnson|
|Pebble Hills ES||Lisa Martinez-Medina||Veronica Pompa|
|Presa ES||Victor Salazar||Lorenzo Elias|
|Ramona ES||Fernando Arriaga||Diana Rodriguez|
|REL Washington ES||Jenny Marquez||Maria Ortega|
|Sageland ES||Araceli Delgado||Minerva Wright|
|Scotsdale ES||Debbie Vasquez||Eunice Torres|
|South Loop ES||Michel L. Acosta Diaz||Linda Bustillos|
|Thomas Manor ES||Aracely Baca||Yvonne Loera|
|Tierra Del Sol ES||Candace Lee Gonzalez||Enrique Payan|
|Vista Hills ES||Cynthia Frederick||Maria D. Estrada|
|Ysleta ES||Diane Emiliano||Rosa I. Samaniego|
|Ysleta Pre-K||Norma A. Rios||Chante C. Santibanez|
|Central Office||NA||Ida Ruiz|
|Central Services||NA||Lourdes Villa|