• Karen Sams

    Today, Karen Sams, third-grade teacher from Weatherford ISD, was named the 2020 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. Sams was chosen to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year competition, so she will have the title of 2020 Texas Teacher of the Year. Michelle Sandoval, an eighth-grade math teacher from Ysleta ISD in El Paso, was named the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.

    Keller ISD teacher Brian Ketcham, Keller High School, was also honored as the Region 11 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

    Photos from today’s awards ceremony will be available later today at this link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHVuwMx

    Photo credit: Marco De La Cueva, Texas Association of School Administrators

    Please see the release below my signature for more information. Also see this release from August when the finalists and Regional Teachers of the Year were announced: https://tasanet.org/tasa-names-six-finalists-for-2020-texas-teacher-of-the-year/

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    For Immediate Release
    Oct. 25, 2019

    TASA Names 2020 Texas Teachers of the Year

    AUSTIN – The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program<https://tasanet.org/awards/texas-teacher-of-the-year/>, has named Texas’ top teachers for 2020.

    Karen Sams, a third-grade teacher from Weatherford ISD, is the 2020 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Michelle Sandoval, an eighth-grade math teacher from Ysleta ISD, is the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Karen Sams was chosen to represent the state as Texas Teacher of the Year in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

    The announcement was made at the Texas Teacher of the Year awards luncheon at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Both state-level winners will receive a cash award and a commemorative trophy.

    Also honored during the luncheon were the Regional Teachers of the Year<https://tasanet.org/tasa-names-six-finalists-for-2020-texas-teacher-of-the-year/> and the finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year: Juliette Broussard, Pasadena ISD; Kami Dodds, Brady ISD; Jennifer Garner, River Road ISD; and Perla Lozoya, Socorro ISD.

    “I congratulate Karen and Michelle on this achievement. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor our state bestows upon its teachers,” said Kevin Brown, executive director of TASA. “They have distinguished themselves among thousands of outstanding, dedicated teachers across our state and nation have who have answered the call to serve others.”

    2020 Texas Teacher of the Year

    Karen Sams, David Crockett Elementary, Weatherford ISD
    “Students learn best by being engaged and collaborating with others,” said Karen Sams, 2020 Texas Teacher of the Year. “One way that I connect with students and reach them on a more personal level is through humor. When teachers share a laugh or a smile with students, it helps them feel more comfortable and open to learning.”

    In her 15-year career in education, Sams has taught first through third grades as well as K-5 music. She is passionate about public education and has committed her entire career to helping students in Title 1 schools. Sams currently teaches third grade at David Crockett Elementary in Weatherford ISD, where she serves on the Campus Improvement Team and the Restorative Practices Campus Behavior Team.