KELLER ISD NAMES KELLIE MARRIOTT, KAYLA MOLINA AS 2019-20 DISTRICT TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Keller ISD has named Kellie Marriott, Life Skills Teacher at Bluebonnet Elementary, as the Elementary Teacher of the Year and Kayla Molina, Mathematics Teacher at Central High, as Secondary Teacher of the Year.
The District celebrated its Top 10 Teacher of the Year Finalists at the Keller ISD Education Foundation’s first-ever online Rooted Gala on April 25. Each of Keller ISD’s 42 campuses named a Teacher of the Year for their school and after an application review process, five elementary (PreK-6) and five secondary (7-12) teachers were named Finalists, and announced via a social media video announcement March 19. The District Teachers of the Year were selected after an interview process with District administrators and past honorees.
Kellie Marriott has taught for six years and been in Keller ISD at Bluebonnet Elementary for three. She serves as a certified District trainer for Unique Learning System, the adopted curriculum for self-contained classrooms, and she founded the Bluebonnet Buddy Club, a reverse inclusion club for general education students and students with special needs. She is an active volunteer for the Keller ISD Special Olympics, involved in basketball and track.
“I believe an important part of my job as a special educator is to teach my students to communicate and be successful in the community now and in the future,” Marriott said. “My students’ learning styles may be different, but we can never forget that all students can learn and every milestone needs to be celebrate by the student’s learning community.”
Kayla Molina has taught for 10 years and been in Keller ISD at Central High School for five. She has served as a curriculum writer and campus professional development trainer. She has been recognized twice as a CHS National Honor Society Impactful Teacher and won a Keller ISD Innovative Teachers Inspiring Students (IT’S) Award in December 2016. Her guiding principal is to make sure her students feel accepted, safe to take risks, and leave with more confidence than when they initially came to her.
“By empowering students to take risks, we not only help them in our classrooms, but also give them an invaluable skill for when they leave us,” Molina said. “What is life without a little risk, and showing them the courage to take those risks is a critical part of our jobs as educators.”
Marriott and Molina will now represent Keller ISD in the Region 11 Teacher of the Year contest.
Congratulations to the Top Ten Finalists for 2019-20:
Elementary Finalists (PreK-6th Grade)
Kellie Marriott | Bluebonnet Elementary, Special Education
Laura Janders | Willis Lane Elementary, 1st Grade
Kristie Jones | Trinity Meadows Intermediate, 5th Grade Science/Social Studies
Holly Nartz | Eagle Ridge Elementary, 3rd Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Natalie Vasquez | Heritage Elementary, 4th Grade Language Arts
Secondary Finalists (7th-12th Grade)
Kayla Molina | Central High, Mathematics
Elizabeth Cumbie | Keller High, Social Studies
Kati Grimmer | Keller Middle, Theatre
Michael Otto | Timber Creek High, Social Studies
Matt Quattlebaum | Keller Center for Advanced Learning, Civil Engineering/Architecture
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