Lisa Davis was selected as one of two elementary school teachers from around the state to receive the 2008 Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding Teachers by The University of Texas at Austin's alumni association, the Texas Exes. Lisa Davis, who coaches literacy for kindergarten through fifth grade at Iles Elementary School in the Lubbock ISD, was nominated by Kyle Wargo, Education Service Center (Region 17) Executive Director. She was in competition with over a hundred other state teachers for the award. "Ms. Davis's knowledge and skills have helped to facilitate a more in depth and sustained higher level of literacy competency for our Iles students and staff," said Dr. Brian Yearwood, principal of Iles Elementary School.
The Texas Exes Award for Outstanding Teachers is bestowed annually upon ten high school teachers and two elementary teachers who are inspiring, supportive of their students and who bring credit to the teaching profession. The recipients of this award are held in the highest regard by their current and former students, fellow teachers, administrators, students' parents, and community. "The Texas Exes believe in the importance of classroom teaching. Through these awards, we encourage great teaching by celebrating the achievements of the state's top teachers," said Jim Boon, Executive Director of the Texas Exes. The Texas Exes, in collaboration with the university's College of Education, have administered the awards since 1987, honoring 239 teachers through the years.
The awards are chosen by a committee of alumni volunteers, former recipients, and College of Education faculty. Each honoree receives $2,250, a specially commissioned bronze sculpture, plus many other honors and recognitions, and is brought to the two-day Conference on Texas Excellence in Education on Feb. 21-22 free-of-charge. Lisa Davis, along with the other recipients, will be honored during the February 22 awards dinner hosted by UT President Bill Powers at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on The University of Texas campus.
The Texas Exes, the alumni association for The University of Texas at Austin, is one of the strongest alumni associations in the country, supporting education through scholarships, teaching awards, public policy initiatives, and conferences. The Texas Exes connects over 70,000 members to each other and to the past, present, and future of the university through career counseling, travel, reunions, continuing education, fellowship, and The Alcalde magazine.
Source: The University of Texas
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