West Orange – Cove CISD is proud to participate in the Texas Teacher of the Year Recognition Program.

The program begins at the local level where campuses select a teacher who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.

Campus honorees were recognized at the West Orange – Cove CISD Board of Trustee meeting recently. They are:

North Early Learning Center Teacher of the Year Dolly Gauthier, Head Start Teacher;

West Orange – Stark Elementary Teacher of the Year Athena Jefferson, Second Grade Teacher;

West Orange – Stark Middle School Teacher of the Year Clark Reed, Drama Teacher;

and West Orange – Stark High School Teacher of the Year Cornel Thompson, Alternative Education Program / Athletics.

Additionally, West Orange – Stark High School teacher Cornel Thompson was recognized as the West Orange – Cove Teacher of the Year. He will represent West Orange – Cove in the Region V Education Service Center Teacher of the Year competition.

Regional winners advance to the state contest. The Texas Teacher of the Year becomes a spokesperson for public education and is honored at a special ceremony in Austin conducted by the Texas Education Agency.

The Texas Teacher of the Year, a dedicated and highly skilled candidate who is capable of inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, becomes a candidate for National Teacher of the Year honors.

In the photo: Campus Teachers of the Year were honored at the recent meeting of the West Orange – Cove Board of Trustees. They were presented with plaques and District afghans, which were presented by Ricky Jacobs, President of the Board of Trustees. The Campus Teachers of the Year are pictured with Mr. Jacobs and WOCCISD Superintendent James Colbert. Picture are WOCCISD School Board President Ricky Jacobs, Dolly Gauthier, Athena Jefferson, Clark Reed, Cornel Thompson, and Superintendent James Colbert.