Partnership Lake Houston honors Teachers of the Year
Partnership Lake Houston held its annual luncheon to honor Humble ISD’s 46 Campus Teachers of the Year.
The event, which took place at the Humble Civic Center on Tuesday, March 22, also recognized Teachers of the Year from Lone Star College-Kingwood, Holy Trinity Episcopal School, Humble Christian School, San Jacinto College, and St. Mary Magdalene School.
The keynote speaker, Humble ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Roger Brown, talked about his own experience as an educator and the importance of the role teachers play in the lives of their students.
Dr. Brown related how the story of a teacher impacted his life.
“In 1972 I walked into Melinda Keeley’s sixth grade classroom and we were able to grow things like plants and play with spiders and snakes,” Dr. Brown said. “She let us play tackle football at recess.”
Dr. Brown recalled the most important thing about Ms. Keeley was home visits to see his mother.
“I can still see her sitting on the sofa talking to my mom,” Dr. Brown said.
He also remembered seeing her on the sidelines when he played football in sixth grade. “She was there,” Dr. Brown said. “She came to our games.”
Dr. Brown said she stayed in touch long after sixth grade. She sent cards for holidays and birthdays. When he was married, Ms. Keeley developed a friendship with his wife Lonia.
Years after first walking into Ms. Keeley’s classroom, Dr. Brown remains grateful for the impact she had on his life - just like today’s Teachers of the Year are making positive difference in their students lives that they students will remember forever.
“I still think of Ms. Keeley and what a difference she made as a classroom teacher,” Dr. Brown said.
The annual luncheon hosted by Partnership Lake Houston is the local business community's opportunity to thank educators for their hard work and dedication.
Humble ISD 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year are:
Linda Azzollini - Woodland Hills Elementary
Kelle Banda - Oaks Elementary
Tamara Ojeda Bonilla - Jack Fields Elementary
Abigail Cline - Elm Grove Elementary
Stacy Coughlin - Centennial Elementary
Jasmin Cradic - Greentree Elementary
Adrienne Despaux - Pine Forest Elementary
Olivia Eastland - Ridge Creek Elementary
Deanna Galeucia - Maplebrook Elementary
Christopher Guajardo - Hidden Hollow Elementary
Rachelle Hall - Lakeshore Elementary
Andrea Harisis - Oak Forest Elementary
Jill Honeycutt - Foster Elementary
Andrea Iwinski - Groves Elementary
Deissy LanderosReynolds - Humble Elementary
Adrienne Laygan - Fall Creek Elementary
Anne Lynch - Bear Branch Elementary
Maria Osornia - North Belt Elementary
Tiffani Perkins - River Pines Elementary
Patricia Perez - Lakeland Elementary
Melanie Pessetti - Eagle Springs Elementary
Jamie Phelps - Deerwood Elementary
Chinele Poole - Autumn Creek Elementary
Lindsey Rinnan - Willow Creek Elementary
Jennifer Sanchez - Shadow Forest Elementary
Monica Schultz - Park Lakes Elementary
Sarah Shivers - Summerwood Elementary
Angela Smith - Whispering Pines Elementary
Melissa Swann - Atascocita Springs Elementary
Stacey Ward - Timbers Elementary
Richard Davis - Humble Middle
Jessica Eoff - Kingwood Middle
Gwenanne Gabel - Woodcreek Middle
James Hogue - Atascocita Middle
Janelle Hunt - Creekwood Middle
LaQuanta Irvin-Smith - Ross Sterling Middle
Jordan Stoll - Riverwood Middle
Brandi West - Timberwood Middle
Gracie Zamarron - West Lake Middle
Kory Kaspar - Kingwood Park High
Ashlee Noel - Humble High
Rachel Pama - Guy M. Sconzo Early College High
Mark Pyeatt - Atascocita High
Cindy Welch - Kingwood High
Nathanael Wooley - Summer Creek High
Tina Ewing - Community Learning Center