TCTA members Lacy Venhaus and Melinda Schermerhorn were among several educators recently recognized for excellence in teaching.

Venhaus, a teacher at Randall High School in Amarillo, was the February winner of the Teachers on the Rise program based in the South Plains. Schermerhorn, a fifth-grade teacher at Elsa England Elementary in Round Rock, was named an H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards finalist in March.

Other 2015 honorees include TCTA members Teresa Reed, a fifth grade teacher at Honey Elementary in Lubbock, and Anne Peppers, a pre-kindergarten teacher at East Central Development Center in San Antonio. Reed was a January Teachers on the Rise award recipient, and Peppers was named an H-E-B finalist in February.

Teachers on the Rise

Three South Plains teachers – one each in elementary, middle school, and high school – are named every month of the school year. TCTA, along with Mrs. Baird’s, United Supermarkets, American National Bank, KAMC-TV, 102.5 KISS-FM, and News Talk 790 KFYO, sponsors the Teachers on the Rise Program in TEA regions 16 and 17. Nominate a teacher at

H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

H-E-B awards more than $800,000 in cash prizes annually to educators through its awards program. Six winning teachers will be named May 2 in Austin. Three H-E-B award categories – Rising Star, Leadership, and Lifetime Achievement – will each have one elementary and one secondary teacher winner. Both Peppers and Schermerhorn are finalists in the Rising Star Award category on the elementary level.