Victoria and El Campo teachers receive Texas Teacher of the Year Honors

AUSTIN – The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, has named Texas’ top teachers for 2018.

Marissa Torres, a third-grade teacher from White Settlement ISD, is the 2018 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Tara Bordeaux, a media arts teacher from Austin ISD, is the 2018 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. Bordeaux 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 and the finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year: Amy Hooten, Paris ISD; Andrea Lucas, San Antonio ISD; Andrea Garza, United ISD; and Gary Strickland, Coleman ISD.

“I congratulate Tara and Marissa on this achievement. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor our state bestows upon its teachers,” said Johnny L. Veselka, executive director of TASA. “These dedicated educators work hard to create learner-centered environments that inspire students to reach their full potential.”