Superintendent and Group 1 Automotive surprise teacher of the month

New recognition program to honor HISD teachers

Dogan Elementary School teacher Kazmere Dean admits she’s in need of a new car, but she never expected to be surprised with a shiny red BMW to drive for the rest of the month.  The car, along with a $150 gift card, balloons , and other goodies were presented to the second grade teacher by Superintendent Richard Carranza and representatives from Group 1 Automotive VIP Services as part of her prize package as the November 2017 Teacher of the Month.

“Teachers complete a ton day-in and day-out for their students, and we are always working for the success of our students,” shared Kazmere. “To be appreciated for our work through this award, helps us reenergize and reignite our passion for teaching. I’m extremely appreciative and thankful to Superintendent Carranza and Group 1 Automotive.”

As the November HISD Teacher of the Month, Dean will get to drive a BMW for 30 days, courtesy of Advantage BMW Midtown. Every month, another HISD teacher will be surprised and presented with a luxury loaner vehicle from a different Group 1 Automotive dealer.

Even through personal family illness, co-workers say Kazmere goes above and beyond to make sure every student is making continued progress and growing academically in reading and math. A Teach for America graduate in her third year of teaching, she is a passionate educator who has dedicated her entire career serving underprivileged students.

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“Ms. Dean is everything we want in a teacher at HISD,” said Superintendent Richard Carranza. “She has an enthusiasm for teaching that’s infectious that makes the students want to learn from her and she adds a lot to Dogan Elementary.  This award is a way for the community to say ‘thank you’, as well as an opportunity to lift the spirits of our teachers and show them they are appreciated.”

Each of the seven HISD Area Superintendents will be responsible for selecting a teacher from their region to be honored from Nov 2017 to May 2018.  Principals who would like to nominate a teacher on their campus should contact their School Support Officer of Area Superintendent directly.