LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Two educators with Lubbock Independent School District are recognized as statewide award recipients by The Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA).
Denise Mattson, Director of Federal Programs, has been named the TCTA 2009-10 Administrator of the Year in the Central Office category. Longtime teacher Carla Moore was named the TCTA 2009-10 Retiree of the Year.
Both were selected based on nominations submitted by the Lubbock CTA, a local affiliate of the statewide TCTA. Founded in 1927, TCTA is an association for Texas teaching professionals and serves 50,000 members across the state.
The Administrator of the Year award is given to honor exemplary education leaders. In choosing Mattson, the judges noted, "This administrator really understands the needs of the less fortunate. She seems to go the extra mile to help all. She still understands what it is like to be a teacher."
Mattson has worked in public education for more than 22 years, including the past four years with the Lubbock ISD as Director of Federal Programs.
"She truly understands the challenges faced as a principal, a teacher, a parent and as a student," wrote the Lubbock CTA. "She has leadership experiences at the elementary, middle school, high school and college level. She sees the whole picture, not just an isolated snapshot."
Mattson received her bachelor's degree in secondary education from West Texas A&M. She received her master's degree in education administration and completed her superintendent cohort at Texas Tech University, where she is currently working on her doctorate.
The Retiree of the Year award is given to honor a recently retired member who has given outstanding service to education, students, the community and the Association during his/her career.
Moore served as an active faculty representative for many years with TCTA and maintained a membership of 90 to 100 percent of the faculty. In its nomination letter, the Lubbock CTA wrote that she was "always giving and working tirelessly to keep our CTA in a positive light. She was always willing to go the extra mile for our local CTA and TCTA!"
Moore taught in the Lubbock ISD for over 30 years, retiring from Bowie Elementary School in 2007 after receiving her second PTA Teacher of the Year award there. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from McMurry University and her master's degree in special education at Texas Tech University.
"She has touched many lives in the past" and "continues to volunteer and promote TCTA membership," noted one TCTA judge.
TCTA will honor award winners in February in Fort Worth, during the association's annual convention. Educators from across the state will participate in professional development seminars, elect TCTA leaders for statewide and district positions, and adopt policy positions on many current education issues.
Information provided by: http://www.tcta.org
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