Corina Flores, TCTA 2012-13 Innovator of the YearCorina Flores
Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
Pease Academy
Midland ISD

Corina Flores, a bilingual kindergarten teacher at Pease Academy in Midland ISD, is TCTA's 2012-13 Innovator of the Year. TCTA annually presents its Innovator of the Year Award to recognize innovative, outstanding work that has produced recognizable results in the classroom, school or district.

Flores was nominated for the award by Midland CTA, a local affiliate of the statewide TCTA. In its nomination of Flores, Midland CTA praised her for her innovative teaching methods, noting that central office personnel often come to Flores’ class with visitors to observe her methods.

But it is her above-and-beyond dedication to her students and their families that sets Flores apart. “Corina often makes lifelong connections with the families,” the nomination stated. “One of her former students passed away, and because of the close bond Corina had developed with the parents, she was asked to speak at the funeral. … This is a teacher who makes lasting differences every day.”

Flores, who has been a teacher for 15 years, has taught bilingual kindergarten and multi-level kindergarten/1st grade classes at Pease Academy since 2005. She also taught at Crockett, Travis and South elementary schools. Prior to that, Flores worked as a teacher’s aide in Andrews ISD for five years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

TCTA honored Flores and other award winners Jan. 24, 2013, at an awards banquet during the TCTA Convention in Austin. Watch video of Flores accepting the award.