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North East ISD - Human Resources - Staff Development



2015 Trinity Prize Nominee

Monica Laughlin

Gifted and Talented Teacher

Las Lomas Elementary School


“Making units fresh and fun are what motivate my style of teaching. I love getting excited about something new to add to a unit or a new way to present the information or even a new way for students to create something that demonstrates their understanding of what was taught. The use of technology has enabled me to add so many dimensions to my students’ learning environment. The ideas I research are what keep my content updated and hopefully of interest to my students.”

“When one is a part of the educational profession, we are constantly immersed in a pool of sharing knowledge. Every brain storming session I take part in is a conversation on strategies, content, tools for students who struggle or those children who need to be on a higher path of learning.”



2014 Elementary Teacher of the Year


Jennifer Clyne

Instructional Intervention Teacher

Harmony Hills Elementary School


“Our actions as teachers have lasting effects, positive or negative, of which we may never be aware.  We are given the awesome responsibility to shape minds and in turn, the future.  As teachers we are held to a higher standard, not because of state guidelines, but because of the very nature of what we do.  When you speak, choose your words carefully.  When you act, do so with intention.  When you listen, listen intently.  You never know how you may be influencing a child.”



2014 Secondary Teacher of the Year

Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year


Irene Kistler Librarian
Ed White Middle School

“Every interaction I have with a child is an opportunity.  Every opportunity I have is a choice: put my best practice forward, or don’t.  I choose my best, and my hope is that this decision will have its own ripple effect.”