NEISD home to 2017 Trinity Prize winner

A wonderful night of inspirational stories and motivational messages led to the announcement that North East ISD is home to one of this year’s 2017 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching winners. Ali Goljahmofrad, teacher and coach at Roosevelt High School, was honored at the event at the Trinity University campus on April 7. Goljahmodrad was awarded $1,500 in March as the NEISD overall winner, and has now earned a cash award of $2,500. Out of 19 school district only two recipients are granted with this prestigious honor.

Originally approaching his Masters in Accounting, Goljahmofrad had a change of heart and decided to enter the teaching profession. Known as “Coach G” on campus, he first arrived at Roosevelt in August 2014 as an algebra teacher. He is currently teaching Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR), in addition to coaching the girls basketball and boys soccer teams at Roosevelt.

“At the end of the day it validates all the hard work and efforts that all teachers put into the classroom,” said Goljahmofrad, who was surrounded by his family after the ceremony. “There is an approach to education that I think as educators we slip into this desire to conform to the norm, to the status quo. I think that the most successful people regardless of career are the people who know why they’re in what they are doing, and they are themselves in that pursuit of whatever they are trying to accomplish.”

Golijamofrad also serves as a member of the Campus Improvement Committee, which discusses, implements, and oversees professional development for all faculty growth. He also started a small leadership group called the Development Academy in the 2015-2016 school year. The group consists of ten freshmen student leaders that hold weekly meetings to discuss leadership, influence, and other necessary qualities that go well beyond high school.

“We are so very thrilled with the fact that Ali is one of the two recipients of the Trinity Prize this afternoon,” said Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools. “This is a fabulous award for the North East Independent School District. We have many, many thousands of teachers in our District, and for Ali to be selected here at Trinity University to represent all the teachers in Bexar County and surrounding counties, we couldn’t be more proud of Ali today.”

“We are pretty excited, not only for Ali, but for Roosevelt High School. Our math department is one of our strong departments in our school, so we have a whole team that is going to be very excited to hear the recent results. It validates what we do as a school in our math department,” said Melvin Echard, Roosevelt Principal. “Ali is an outstanding educator primarily because of his relationship with students. I think by coaching basketball and soccer, he has a 360 degree approach. You see that in his instruction, you see that in his desire to be an author, and all the other things that he really likes to do. He’s got a lot of interests outside of education that he applies to his classroom.”

The importance of recognition programs such as the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching cannot be overstated. Every day teachers work tirelessly teaching a variety of subjects while keeping students focused and interested. This is no easy task, but the teachers that master this skill often find themselves in the spotlight.

The greater San Antonio area’s oldest and most prestigious teaching award, the Trinity Prize was launched in 1982 to honor public school teachers who distinguish their teaching practice through outstanding classroom performance, leadership in the school and school district, contributions to the education profession, and stellar community service.

Trinity’s education department, along with the H-E-B Grocery Company, sponsors the Trinity Prize. A panel of San Antonio business and community leaders selected the winners.

The District is showcasing campus nominees at the Superintendent’s Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 20. Congratulations to Ali Goljahmofrad and all the campus nominees that are being recognized for their efforts in Transforming the Future. Click here to view a list of all the campus nominees alphabetically ordered by campus name.


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Goljahmofrad is awarded by Sheryl Tynes, Vice President for Student Life at Trinity University.

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(L to R) Assoc. Supt for Instruction & Tech Services Dr. Pauline Dow, Principal Melvin Echard, Ali Goljahmofrad, and Dr. Brian G. Gottardy

Posted on 04/07/2017