Connie Bagley, a teacher at Crockett Elementary School in San Marcos ISD and a TCTA member since 1988, was one of two teachers in the nation to be awarded the Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching award for “best practices that help students with print disabilities succeed in the mainstream classroom.”

Learning Ally, a national nonprofit organization that bestowed the award, said Bagley uses creative ways of teaching, including inviting the parents and family members of her students to take part in their reading experience. She was honored April 7 at the Student Success and Achievement Summit in Denver. Along with the award, Bagley received several gifts, including a $1,500 cash prize and $4,500 for the school to purchase classroom technology, tools and resources. 

Bagley has earned recognition before for her work to help students with reading disabilities. She was a finalist for 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year and was the 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award winner in the lifetime achievement category at the elementary level.