Clear Creek ISD and Rotary Clubs Celebrate Top Educators

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The Clear Creek Independent School District joined the Rotary Clubs of League City, Seabrook and Space Center in a May 9 recognition ceremony to recognize the 2022 Teacher of the Year nominees, finalists and winners from the district.

Heidi Danner of Bauerschlag Elementary School won Elementary Teacher of the Year honors, and Cameron Lingo of Clear Creek Middle School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year. Rotary clubs donated $1,500 each.

Danner teaches third grade and is part of a group working to develop a robotics curriculum at Bauerschlag. Lingo teaches math and science and coaches golf, football and basketball.

The competition finalists received $750: Kimberly Thomas, Hall Elementary School; Jessica Sellards, Mossman Elementary School; Heather Jefferson, Clear Lake High School; and Richard Cockerham, Clear View Secondary School.

“The best of Clear Creek ISD is represented in this room, and I’m not just talking about our teachers,” Superintendent Eric Williams said. “We are extremely fortunate to call this community home, where civic organizations, businesses, parents and educators work together for the common good.”

The Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year recipients are: Jamie Martinez, Armand Bayou; April Hochevar, Bay; Linda Rodriguez, Brookwood; Aimee Scogin, Campbell; Cherilin Saladrigas, Clear Lake City; Rene Seevers, Falcon Pass; Kristen Plew, Ferguson; Amanda Bryant, Gilmore; Kayla Moravits, Goforth; Mollie Carder, Greene; Kimberly Thomas, room; Melanie Brenier, Hyde; Philippe Wood, Landolt; Sarah Sturrock, City League; Taylor Garcia, McWhirter; Jessica Sellards, Mossman; Mallory Davis, North Pointe; Tracy Roman, Parr; Courtney Carelock, Robinson; Jamie Thrash, Ross; Casey Welch, Stewart; Andrea Sutphen, district; Kendall Wells, Weber; Julie Sorensen, Wedgewood; Kari Bush, Whitcomb; and Deneshia Démouchet, Ed White.

Middle Campus Teachers of the Year honored are: Shannon Farrar, Bayside; Katelyn Sanders, Brookside; Cameron Lingo, Clear Creek; Heather Jefferson, Clear Lake; Thomas Macias, Creekside; Erin Logan, League City; Olivia Stiver, Seabrook; Janae Tate, Space Center; Brittany Walko, Victory Lakes; and Jordan McCombs, Westbrook.

The recipients of High School Campus Teacher of the Year are: Catherine Gooding, Clear Brook; Gloria Velazquez, Clear Creek; Tisha Bronikowski, Clear Falls; Jeffrey Brock, Clear Horizons; Janelie Westhelle, Clear Lake; Trent Mayberry, Clear Springs; Lindsey Kreft, Clear Path; and Richard Cockerham, Clear View.

Launch speaker: “Grades aren’t everything, don’t rush”

At 20, Hiba Loya could be on the youth side of getting a college degree, let alone enrolling in law school. But with a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, she’s on the right track.

Loya shared what she’s learned on her college journey during her UHCL Spring 2022 commencement address on May 14 at the NRG Arena.

“I took high school classes in eighth grade, doubled classes in 10th grade, took classes at San Jacinto College, and I was always ahead,” she said. “I did this to myself – no one pressured me; my parents supported me. I didn’t place any value on being a teenager. I thought it was kind of a pointless part of life; so I went ahead and did everything, because I could.

Looking back, she says, she might not make the same choices.

“I didn’t think of any consequences. High school wasn’t hard, but now I realize it’s not supposed to be hard. You’re supposed to grow as a person too, but I skipped the personal growth part and skipped straight to college. You are meant to grow with your peer group.

After graduating from Iman Academy Southeast in Webster, Loya, then 15, found herself in an adult environment she was not fully prepared for. “I wasn’t even old enough to get my driver’s license,” she says. “I was still at the age where my mom would take my phone away if I got in trouble. Everything finally worked out for me, and I feel like I’m a step ahead in some ways, but more than anything, I’ve learned that everything has its own time and rhythm, and there’s no need to rush things.

Now, Loya said, she finally feels able to follow her own advice. “I was studying for the LSAT and was stressing about graduating because I wanted to finish in four years, but this is my fifth year,” she said. “I wanted to be done at 19 – just an arbitrary goal I set for myself that didn’t matter, but the best decision I made was to spend more time in college. I postponed graduation.

Loya will attend the University of Houston Law Center in the fall.

“Talking about not rushing might sound funny coming from a 20-year-old college graduate,” she said. “But that’s my best advice. There are happy moments, and if you don’t take your time, you’ll miss them. Grades aren’t everything – there are other things that are just as important, like friendships and character development. College is the time for these things. Don’t rush it.

Southern New Hampshire U recognizes area students

Southern New Hampshire University recently named several local students to its Winter 2022 Honor Rolls.

Three full-time undergraduates — William Gaines, Kimberley Logue, and Roxie Prince, of Pasadena — achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher and were named to the president’s list.

Additionally, James Chavez and Reginald Hardy, both of Deer Park, achieved a GPA between 3,500 and 3,699 and were named to the Dean’s List. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.

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