TCTA annually presents 13 statewide awards to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to public education, the teaching profession or to TCTA during the past year. The 2013-14 winners will be honored at an awards luncheon at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, June 26, 2014, as part of the association's annual convention. (Friend of Education winners will be honored during a meeting of the TCTA Representative Assembly during the convention.) The winners are:

Friend of Education

Public Official

Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)

Private Citizen

Rev. Virgie Holbrook
executive director and
president of the board
of directors
Visions of
Sugarplums Charitable Foundation
 

Innovator of the Year

Joy Lin, 2013-14 TCTA Innovator of the Year Joy Lin
math curriculum specialist
Linder Elementary School
Austin ISD
 

Leader of the Year

Nanette Sissney, 2013-14 TCTA Leader of the Year
Nanette Sissney
counselor
Whitesboro Intermediate School
Whitesboro ISD
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Retiree of the Year

Norma Saenz
former first-grade bilingual teacher
Fields Elementary School
McAllen ISD
 

Faculty Representative of the Year

Melanie Jones, 2013-14 TCTA Faculty Representative of the Year  
Melanie Jones
English Department chair/seventh-grade teacher
Goddard Junior High School
Midland ISD
 

Administrator of the Year

Manuel Cruz, TCTA 2013-14 Adminstrator of the Year (Elementary)

Elementary

Manuel Cruz
principal
Angela Gerusa Leal Elementary School
San Benito CISD
Philip Riewe, TCTA 2013-14 Adminstrator of the Year (Middle/Secondary)

Middle/
Secondary

Philip Riewe
associate principal
Coronado High School
Lubbock ISD

Deborah Acosta, 2013-14 TCTA Administrator of the Year (central office)

Central Office

Deborah Acosta
dropout prevention/
recovery and at-risk coordinator
Midland ISD

 

 
 

School Board Trustee of the Year

Mark Blankenship, 2013-14 TCTA School Board Trustee of the Year
Mark Blankenship
member, Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees
 

Silver Apple Media Awards

Emily Guevara, 2013-14 TCTA Silver Apple Media Award Winner

Print/online, circulation of less than 50,000

Morgan Smith, 2013-14 TCTA Silver Apple Media Award Winner

Print/online, circulation of more than 50,000

 

Dan Jackson, 2013-14 TCTA Silver Apple Media Award Winner

Broadcast (radio and television)

Dan Jackson
vice president/general manager
Lubbock KCBD News Channel 11