Rookies of the Year

ACT Houston works with all public school districts, charter schools, and accredited private schools in the Greater Houston area.  The ACT Houston high quality preparation program for teacher certification has produced award-winning teachers.  Congratulations to the following Rookie Teachers of the Year!

2016-17TOY

Bravo!  Bravo!  Let's give a round of applause for EILEEN PATTERSON who has been selected as the Teacher of the Year for her school.  Eileen teaches kindergarten at Gross Elementary School in Houston ISD - District 9. 

Cheers for CHRISTOPHER HARRIS who has been honored as the Rookie of the Year for his campus.  Christopher is a 6th grade reading teacher at Cardiff Junior High School in Katy ISD.  Congratulations!

Let's shout our Congratulations! to BRITTANY COWLES.  Brittany teaches 2nd grade at Wolfe Elementary School and has been honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for her campus.  Way to go, Brittany!
 
Here is a big round of applause for ALESHA WILLIAMS who has been honored as the Rookie of the Year at Lewis elementary School in Spring ISD.  Congratulations to this outstanding new teacher!

WOW!!!  CRYSTAL RAGBIRSINGH is one of 3 Interns of the Year for the state of Texas!  Crystal was honored with this award by the Texas Alternative Certification Association in October at their conference in Austin.  Crystal teaches 7th grade English/Reading at Mayde Creek Junior High School in Katy ISD!  Crystal is pictured below with her ACT Field Supervisor Laura Leatherwood.Crystal

2015-16

Shout out for FREDRIEKA LEWIS!  Fredrieka is the Rookie of the Year for her campus!  Congratulations!  Fredrieka teaches 7th grade at Well Middle School in Spring ISD.

Let's cheer for PATRICK STUBBS!  Yea!  Patrick has been honored as Rookie of the Year at Lewis Elementary School in Spring ISD.  Patrick is an outstanding 5th grade math and science teacher.

Shout out a big "congratulations" to NITZIA GUILLEN who has been honored as Rookie of the Year at Taylor High School in Katy ISD.  Nitzia is a Spanish teachers -- a very outstanding Spanish teacher!

Congratulations to ERIN YOREK!  Erin is the Rookie Teacher of the Year for her campus in Spring ISD.  Erin teaches 4th grade at Meyer Elementary.  Way to go!

2014-15 Rookies

Here is another outstanding teacher!  Let's cheer for CANDACE MORGAN!  Candace has been honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Frye Intermediate School in Texas City ISD.  Candace is a special needs teacher who loves every minute in the classroom.

Here is a big congratulations to LESLIE BERRY, who has been honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for her campus.  Leslie is a first grade teacher at Booker Elementary School in Spring ISD.  What a great teacher!

Wow!  How about a round of applause for REBECCA RODERICK, who has been named Rookie Teacher of the Year at her campus?  Rebecca teaches 9th grade biology at Mayde Creek High School In Katy ISD.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to MARGARITA TOVAR, who has been honored as the Rookie of the Year for her campus.  Margarita teachers at Farias Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD.

2013-14 Rookies

Let's give a big round of applause to THERESA GARCIA!  Theresa has been awarded the honor of Rookie Teacher of the year for Normandy Crossing Elementary School in Galena Park ISD.  Congratulations to this outstanding 1st grade teacher!

Let's keep on clapping and cheering for TAMELA BROOKS, Rookie Teacher of the year at Havard Elementary School in Galena Park ISD.  What a wonderful honor for this 2nd grade teacher!

2012-13 Rookies

Congratulations to JENNIFER CULBERSON!  Jennifer has been honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Highlands Elementary in Ft. Bend ISD where she is a 4th grade super teacher.  Now Jennifer is one of 3 finalists for the Ft. Bend ISD Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year!  Cheers from all on this outstanding honor!  The winner will be named on May 2, 2013.

And here is another big shout of congratulations to STEPHANIE CLAYTON!  Stephanie is a nominee for Rookie Teacher of the Year for Sugar Mill Elementary in Ft. Bend ISD where she teaches kindergarten.  What an honor!

2011-12 Rookies

Let's shout out cheers to GAY STRICKLIN!  In February, Gay was honored as the First Year Teacher of the Year for her campus.  Gay teaches 2nd grade at Silverlake Elementary in Pearland ISD.  We extend our congratulations to Gay; however, the honors continue.  In May, Gay was again honored, but this time as the Pearland ISD Elementary First Year Teacher of the Year.  Along with the district-level award, Gay received a cash gift of $500, plus other nice gifts! Congratulations to a real winner! 

Cheers and congratulations to CELESTE STEPHENSON who is the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Santa Fe ISD! Celeste teaches physics at Santa Fe High School.  What a wonderful honor for this beginning teacher!

Congratulations to EUGENE BRIONES, Rookie Teacher of the Year!  Eugene teaches 5th grade at Booker Elementary School in Spring ISD.  He is dedicated to making sure that his 5th graders gain the knowledge necessary to be successful today and, more importantly, tomorrow. 

Wow! Here's a big congratulations to JOAQUIN MORALES & BRITTANY HOWELL!  After being selected as their campus Rookies of the Year, these two have gone on to become 2 of the 3 Ft. Bend ISD District Secondary Rookies of the Year. 
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Here's a big pat on the back to JOAQUIN MORALES who teaches Math Models with Applications at Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD.  Joaquin has been named the Rookie of the Year for his campus.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to BRITTANY HOWELL who teaches English Language Arts and ESL at McAuliffe Middle School in Fort Bend ISD!  Brittany has been honored as the Rookie of the Year for her campus. 

2010-2011 Rookies:
Let's give a round of applause for ANDREA BROUSSARD!  Andrea was selected as the Rookie of the Year for her campus, Sablatura Middle School, in Pearland ISD.  All of us, including Andrea's 5th grade social studies students, agree that she is a super teacher.

Here's a hearty congratulations to Jana Davison who is the Rookie of the Year for her campus!  Jana teaches 5th grade math at Carroll Elementary in Sheldon ISD.  Shortly after receiving this award, Jana was selected to be the math TAKS intervention teacher, because of her outstanding success in preparing students for success in math.  For a glimpse of a very inspiring teacher, visit Jana Davison's classroom website at Sheldon ISD.

Let's give a shout to Terence Daniels who has been named the Teacher of the Year at Houston ISD's High School Ahead Academy.  Terence teaches 6th and 7th grade math.  Congratulations to a super teacher!

Here is a big round of applause to Mike Tufariello who has been honored as one of the Rookies of the Year for his school district.  Mike teaches 6th grade math at Hodges Mend Middle School in Fort Bend ISD.  Only 6 rookies were awarded this honor:  3 elementary, one middle, and one high school teacher.  Congratulations on this outstanding achievement! 

Congratulations to Kimberly Dearing!  Kimberly was elected by her peers at Pearland High School in Pearland ISD for the 2011 Glenda Dawson Outstanding First Year Teacher Award.  We are all applauding for Kimberly who teaches chemistry.

Congratulations to Lindsey Bily, the new "Rookie Teacher of the Year" at Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD.  Lindsey graduated from Clements High School in Fort Bend ISD and now is the Advanced Chemistry Teacher in her home district.  Let's give a hearty round of applause to this outstanding first year teacher!

UPDATE!!!  Chrissie Hutton is now one of 6 finalists for District Rookie Teacher of the Year!  Ft. Bend ISD Rookie of the Year Finalists
Chrissie Hutton's journey began when she was honored as the "Rookie Teacher of the Year" for Travis High School in Fort Bend ISD.  Chrissie teaches special education and is the FLITE Teacher.  She also serves as the assistant to the Speech and Debate Coach.  Here's to a really super teacher!

2009-2010 Rookies:
Congratulations to Catherine Clay for being selected as the "Rookie of the Year" at Wells Middle School in Spring ISD.  Catherine is a super 6th grade science teacher. 

Congratulations to Kimblay West who has been chosen as the "Rookie of the Year" for Newport Elementary School in Crosby ISD!  Kimblay is an outstanding 4th grade language teacher.

Rookies galore in Spring ISD!  Congratulations to the following "Rookies of the Year" in Spring ISD:
Tammy Morales is honored as the Reynolds Elementary Rookie of the Year.  Tammy teaches 2nd grade bilingual.
Shatorie Chappell has been named as the Rookie of the Year at DeKaney High School.  Shatorie teaches special education.
Haley Paul is the Rookie of the Year for Spring High School.  Haley teaches world history.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to Catherine Clay!  Catherine was named the "Rookie of the Year" for Wells Middle School in Spring ISD.  Catherine is a 6th grade science teacher. 

Give a round of applause to Jessica Weber!  Jessica was selected as the "Rookie of the Year" for Kimmie Brown Elementary in Dayton ISD.  What an honor for Jessica who teaches 4th grade!

Shout out a cheer of congratulations to Christina Colquitt, 7th grade reading teacher at Pearland Jr. High East in Pearland ISD.  Christina has been honored as the "Rookie Teacher of the Year" for her campus!

Congratulations to Sandy Coombs who was named Special Education teacher of the month for February, 2010, at Austin High School in Ft. Bend ISD!  Besides receiving a gift card, Sandy was also honored with a reserved parking space for the month.

Congratulations to Edith Fatile, who is a Life Skills teacher at Schmaltz Elementary in Katy ISD.  Edith has been named the First-Year Teacher of the Year!  What a wonderful honor!

Congratulations to Tarvia Lucas, who was honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Missouri City Middle School in Ft. Bend ISD.  Tarvia is an outstanding math teacher. 

A big round of applause goes to Danielle LaSaint, who was honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Blue Ridge Elementary School in Ft. Bend ISD.  Danielle teaches math and loves each day in the classroom with her students.

2008-2009 Rookies:
Let's give a big round of applause to Candace Browning, who was honored on the last day of school as the Teacher of the Year for Matagorda Elementary in Matagorda ISD.  Congratuations, Candace!  Candace teaches 4-6 grade.

Congratulations to Tamisha Brooks!  Tamisha is the Teacher of the Year for Powell Point Elementary in Kendleton ISD.

For the first time, Deer Park ISD has elected "New Teachers of the Year."  Amanda Whatley, fifth grade teacher at Deer Park Elementary, has been honored with this award.  Let's shout out our congratulations to Amanda on receiving this honor!

The Rookie of the Year at Royalwood Elementary in Sheldon has just been selected.  Let's applaud for Nadia Campbell.  Congratulations, Nadia!

Congratulations to Ustacyous (Stacy) Eagleton who has been selected as the Rookie of the Year!  Stacy teaches math at Crosby Middle School in Crosby ISD. 

Outstanding!  Robert Seibert has been named the 2009 Rookie Teacher of the Year for his campus.  Robert teaches 6th grade English Languages Arts at Cobb in Galena Park ISD and is recognized for his use of technology in the classroom.  Congratulations! 

Congratulations to Damion Presley!  Damion has been honored as the 2009 Rookie of the Year for his campus.  Damion teaches math at Bammel Middle School in Spring ISD. 

Congratulations to Amey Francis, 3rd grade teacher at E. A. Jones Elementary in Fort Bend ISD!  Amey has been selected as the Rookie of the Year for your campus.  Yea! 

Congratulations to Diana Kutsko, science teacher at Sartartia Middle School!  Diana was a finalist for Fort Bend ISD Rookie of the Year!  We know that Diana's parents who are both teachers are thrilled with her award.  We are too!

Let's give a big round of applause to Wade Kirkpatrick, science teacher at Lake Olympia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD, who was named 2008-09 Rookie of the Year for his campus.  Wade has now been honored as the District Rookie of the Year for Secondary Schools!  Wade and the other Ft. Bend ISD Rookies of the Year were honored by the Sugar Land Rotary Club on March 25th on Sugar Land Rotary Teacher Appreciation Day.  Congratulations on this outstanding achievement! 

Congratulations to Rachel Bryant who was honored as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2008-09 at Sugar Land Middle School in Fort Bend ISD.  Rachel teaches Exploratory Languages and Teen Leadership. 

Sharee Shepherd, 7th grade science teacher at Berry Miller Junior High School in Pearland ISD, has been named the New Teacher of the Year for 2008-09.  Congratulations to Sharee on this wonderful honor!
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2007-08 Rookies of the Year are:
Way to go - Tebby Tekyl! She is a finalist for Rookie Teacher of the Year in Fort Bend I.S.D.  
 
Congratulations to John Collins! He was named Rookie Teacher of the year at the Alief Learning Center. Great job! 
 
A huge hurrah goes out to Kevin Miller for being selected and the one and only District Rookie Teacher of the Year for Galena Park ISD. This is the second year in a row that the District Rookie of the Year has been an act houston intern. We are so proud! 
 
Anissa Cantin - Way to go! Writing curriculum and securing grants....what a great first year teacher you have been. 
Congratulations! We are proud of you. 
 
Way to go! John Simmons who teachers at Truitt M.S. in CFISD was named New Teacher of the Year by TSA (Technology Student Association. We are very proud of you! 
 
Jeannie Richardson received an Exemplary Teacher Award from Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. Congratulations! We are very proud of you! 
 
Congrats to Dallas Blalock! He completed the ACT Houston Program and has now been named the Teacher of the Year at Sharpstown High School! Keep up the good work! 
 
 
Good news from Spring I.S.D.! Kyle Dillon was named "rookie teacher of the year" at Heritage Elementary School. Congratulations!!! 
 
Awesome!!! Keisha Scott was named Rookie Teacher of the Year at Beneke Elementary in Spring I.S.D. We are very proud of you! 
 
Congratulations to Hyacinth Pickersgill! She has been chosen as a "Rookie of the Year" for Dulles High School in Fort Bend ISD. We are proud of you. 
 
Way to go! Jennifer Dixon was named "Rookie Teacher of the Year" at Palmer Elementary in Fort Bend I.S.D. Keep up  
the good work! 
 
Mayra Mejia has been nominated as the Bilingual Teacher of the Year for HISD. We are so proud! What an accomplishment!  
 
We are so proud of Melissa Claybrook for being selected as Rookie of the Year for Sartartia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD. Way to go, Melissa!  
 
Congratulations to Melissa Kennedy for being chosen New Teacher of the Year at her campus - Pearland Jr. High West! 
We are proud of you! 
 
A big hurrah for Reina Saunders for being chosen the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Glover Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. Congrats, Reina! 
 
 
Tibby Teykl was voted Rookie Teacher of the Year at Sugar Mill Elementary School in Fort Bend I.S.D. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Way to go! 
 
Kudos to Lisa Muhl for being chosen as the New Teacher of the Year for Massey Ranch Elementary in Pearland ISD! What an honor! We are so proud! 
 
Congratulations to Debbie Nork for being selected as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Quail Valley Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. We are proud of you, Debbie! 
 
Another big hurrah! to Sandy Needler for being chosen as the Rookie Teacher of the Year for Kempner High School in Fort Bend ISD. Congratulations, Sandy! 
 
Congrats to Dalila Soracco at Cooper Elementary in Spring ISD for the honor of being chosen their Rookie Teacher of the Year!  
 
We are happy for Kendra Griffith, 5th Grade Science Teacher at Eliot Elementary in HISD for the honor of Rookie Teacher of the Year. Way to go, Kendra! 
 
Congratulations to LaKennia Cole for being selected as Rookie if the year for Highlands Elementary in LaMarque ISD! 
 
Way to go, Jennifer Dennis for the honor of Rookie of the Year for Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe ISD! 
 
A big hurrah goes to Kendra Guillory of Sims Elementary in La Marque ISD for being selected as Rookie of the Year! 
 
Kevin Miller was chosen as Rookie of the Year for Purple Sage Elementary in Galena Park ISD--Congratulations, Kevin! 
 
Congratulations to Angela Perez for being selected as Rookie of the Year for Woodland Acres Elementary in Galena Park ISD. We are proud of you!  
 
Kudos to Leticia Ibanez for being selected at Rookie Teacher of the Year at Drabek Elementary in Fort Bend ISD. As a 4th grade teacher, she had !00% of her students pass all three portions of the TAKS test. What a great feat for a first-year teacher! Way to go, Leticia! 

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