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Kilgore, Texas- Region 7 Education Service Center is honored
to announce that Kylie Altier from Nacogdoches ISD and Karyn Ard from Troup ISD
have been named Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year for Region
7. Both of these educators will
represent Region 7 as semifinalists in the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year.
Altier and Ard were nominated by their local
school districts for their dedication to their students and
the capability to inspire them, ability and willingness to work cooperatively
with colleagues, drive to initiate activities that improve instruction for
students, ability to work effectively with different groups in the community,
desire to stay informed about current educational theories and practices, and
their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education.
Elementary Teacher of the Year, Kylie Altier, earned her Bachelor
of Science in Early Childhood Education from Florida State University in 2013. After
graduation, Altier immediately started her teaching career in Alabama teaching
first grade. After three years in Alabama, Altier and her family moved to
Nacogdoches where she is currently teaching at Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary
“What a marvelous way to get ready for the start of a new school
year,” NISD Interim Superintendent Alton Frailey said. “Kylie’s efforts in the
classroom are indicative of what takes place all around Nacogdoches ISD.”
Altier can be seen beyond the classroom, serving as a pioneer in
BQJ’s gardening project, a mentor to student athletes at Stephen F. Austin
University, and organizing community events to encourage literacy and student
engagement. Altier also plans to continue her education by pursuing her Master of Science in Education and Reading Specialist Certification.
“This is a wonderful honor for Kylie, and I could not be more
proud of what she’s accomplished,” said BQJ principal Tom Miller. “Kylie simply
loves her students; there’s no better way to put it. She goes to great lengths
to make sure they’re included in each and every lesson.”
Secondary Teacher of the Year, Karyn Ard, has 22 years of teaching
experience with the last 9 years being in Troup ISD. Ard is currently employed
at Troup High School where she teaches Biology. Ard currently serves as the
Head of the Science Department, and is also a major contributor of resource
materials for the STAAR EOC exams. Prior to joining Troup ISD, Ard taught in
Elysian Fields ISD and Marshall ISD.
Ard earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Henderson State
University in 1995. She then went on to serve on several educational
committees, including the Biology Streamlining Committee and the Texas Regional
Collaborative Lead Biology Teacher.
In addition to Ard’s dedication in the classroom, she also volunteers
her time to host Saturday reviews, which help high school students prepare and
excel in their EOC exams. Ard states that their scores have increased
exponentially in all three levels; approaches, meets and masters. “My scores
have been between 99-100% for the last five years,” said Ard.
“We could not be more proud of Mrs. Ard in all of her success; she
is such an asset to Troup ISD,” said Troup High School Principal Bobby Dyess.
“She is so self-motivated and involved with all of our students around the
At Region 7’s Teacher of the Year Luncheon on
August 1, both winners were presented with grand prizes, courtesy of Jack
O’Diamonds Honda. The dealership donated $5,000 and a 2018 Honda Accord LX to
the event. Through a random drawing between Ard and Altier, Ard won the $5,000,
and Altier won the car.
“It’s an incredible honor. It kind of took my
breath away,” Ard said. “I didn’t know it would be me.”
On August 6, Altier
and Ard will compete against the thirty-eight Regional Teachers of the Year,
which are reviewed by a panel of judges where six finalists are selected. The
six finalists are invited to Austin for personal interviews, before the
Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Secondary Teacher of the Year are
chosen. These educators become spokespeople for all teachers in the state of
Texas. They also serve as
traveling ambassadors for public education with a demanding schedule of
speeches, workshops and presentations while continuing to teach in the
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