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Clear Spring teacher finalist for national award

Clear Spring teacher finalist for national awardClear Spring Elementary School Instructional Coach Kelli Halliburton is one of six in Texas to be named a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. According to a Texas Education Agency press release, the 2012 PAEMST awards recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

"This is my first year as the Instructional math coach at Clear Spring Elementary in North East ISD," said Halliburton. "While my first passion is teaching students to discover new ideas in science and mathematics, it has been a welcome adventure to assist other teachers as they facilitate learning for our students."

Halliburton has a total of 14 years in education. For the past five years, she taught fifth grade at Walzem Elementary School. In 2007, she moved to NEISD from the San Antonio Independent School District where she taught seventh and eighth grade history.

"As a principal, it is inspiring to watch Kelli interact with students and staff alike," said Adam Schwab, Clear Spring principal. "The same qualities that make her a great teacher are also evident in her leadership. She works with our teachers to plan high-quality math instruction for all the students at Clear Spring and her work ethic is amazing. She has a unique talent that allows her to connect with people of all ages. Her own professional development is leading her toward a career in school administration, where I know she will be equally successful."

Halliburton is originally from Detroit. After high school, she joined the U.S. Army. Following the army and starting a family, she returned to college. It was there she discovered her passion for education, for nurturing young minds. She received her Bachelors in Education from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State and her Masters of Education in Literacy from Lesley University. She has taught all subject areas in second through fifth grades. Currently, she is back in school at the University of Texas at San Antonio studying Educational Leadership.

"My goal is to become an Elementary School Principal in North East so that I may have an even greater impact on teaching and learning," said Halliburton. "While it was a difficult decision to leave classroom teaching, I am excited to continue on my journey in education."

Posted on September 17, 2012