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STEM teacher wins Elizabeth Brand Award

2015 June 3
by HISD Communications
Taryn Trotter

Taryn Trotter

Taryn Trotter, a STEM teacher at Lockhart Elementary School, has been named one of five recipients of the Elizabeth Brand Teacher Excellence Award for 2015 by the Houston Association of Professional Landmen.

Trotter was selected in part due to the individualized attention she provides her students, many of whom come from broken homes and are economically challenged.

Learn more about Trotter and why she was selected here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, which has been designated a 2015–2017 Exemplary School by Arts Schools Network, the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. Read that full story here.
  • Katherine Miranda, a student at Sharpstown International School, who has been named the grand prize winner in Luby’s Achieving Character Together (ACT) program for demonstrating the qualities of leadership, compassion, and generosity of spirit. Get her full story here.
  • Recent Davis High School graduate Nelly Mendoza, who was named one of five recipients of a Beat the Odds Award on May 21 by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) of Texas. The award comes with a $5,000 college scholarship and other prizes to help students who have managed to find success, even in the face of significant challenges. Read her story here.
  • Students at Chávez High School, who accumulated 303,387 points collectively through a vocabulary building contest to claim the national title. Get that full story here.
  • Students Christina Mao, Akash Shukla, Claire Weddle, and Kenneth Yu from Bellaire High School, who won the top prize at the National Personal Finance Challenge by demonstrating their mastery of topics such as earning income, buying goods and services, saving, and using credit, while the team competition dealt with investing, protecting, and insuring. Get that full story here.
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