Victoria East High School recognizes former, current teachers

The Top Ten Graduates recognized teachers who made an impact on their lives

VICTORIA,  Texas – The Victoria East High School graduates recognized past teachers who made a lasting impact during their educational careers. They also recognized current teachers for their most noticeable skills.

The Top Ten Graduates for East High School selected one of their former Kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers who worked with them in some capacity while in school. These teachers made a lasting impact on their lives.

In March 2022, Victoria I.S.D. recognized the top ten graduates with the V.I.S.D. District Board of Trustees Awards of Excellence for their academic standing and conduct. This is the second year East High School will recognize impactful teachers.

The Top Ten Graduates for East HS have each selected one of their former K-12 teachers who worked with them in some capacity while in school that made a lasting impact on their life. The Top Ten Graduates were recognized in March with the Victoria Independent School District Board of Trustees Awards of Excellence for their academic standing and conduct. This is the second year East HS will recognize impactful teachers.

Teachers being recognized with the Titan Impact Award are:

  • Mrs. Tammy Medlin, nominated by Issacc Lu. Ms. Medlin taught Lu at Victoria East High School.
  • Ms. Brandy Garcia, nominated by Ori Ebner. Ms. Garcia taught Ebner at Torres Elementary.
  • Mr. Nicolas Fabbro, nominated by Kaden Kolle. Mr. Fabbro taught Kolle at Victoria East High School.
  • Ms. Wendi Barnes, nominated by Caden Allen. Ms. Barnes taught Allen at Victoria East High School.
  • Ms. Karen Frazier, nominated by Ellison High. Ms. Frazier taught High at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School.
  • Mr. Michael Ruiz, nominated by Emma Seiler. Mr. Ruiz taught Seiler at Victoria East High School.
  • Ms. Jamey Gillespie, nominated by Jeremy Jenkins. Ms. Gillespie taught Jenkins at Aloe Elementary.
  • Ms. Aubrey Lopez, nominated by Grant Biles. Ms. Lopez taught Lopez at Victoria East High School.
  • Ms. Alma Pena, nominated by Hannah Tyler. Pena taught Tyler at Torres Elementary.
  • Ms. Jill Garner, nominated by Jordan Askew. Garner taught Askew at Howell Middle School.

Victoria East High School also continued the tradition of the Golden Apple Awards. This is the fourth year the high school awarded the Golden Apple Awards, an award that is 100% student-nominated.

All students can participate by nominating a current East High School teacher for a category that matches them best. On Friday, May 20, teachers received their themed Golden Apple at the beginning of each class period throughout the day.

The following teachers were voted for the following categories:

  • Most inviting Classroom – Jonathan Sixtos
  • Best Laugh – Kimberly Willis
  • Best Lessons – Mary Garza
  • Most Memorable Teacher – James Bray
  • Best Personality – Brittney Cardenas
  • Most Spirit – Jesus Rayos
  • Best Mentor – Madison Flynn
  • Most Caring – Claudia Aqueille
  • Best Dressed – Aurelia Patterson
  • Best College Prep – Nicholas Fabbro
  • Most Sass – David Leary
  • Best Attendance – Danny Pooley
  • Best Smile – Destiny Ybarbo
  • Most Friendly Teacher – Kyle Craft 
  • Best Sense of Humor – Ticia Wertman
  • Best Jokes – Marcus Hernandez
  • MVT (Most Valuable Teacher) – John Davis
  • Rookie of the Year – Marina Rios
  • Teacher of the Year – Joshua Chaput, Pre-AP Geometry

The Victoria I.S.D. provided the above information and photo.