Bilingual, ESL Educators Win Regional Teaching Awards

Three CFISD bilingual and ESL teachers won regional awards during the Suburban Houston Association for Bilingual Educators (SHABE) Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 12 at the Sheraton North Houston. The 12th annual banquet honored outstanding teachers in the field of bilingual and ESL education.

Frazier Elementary School fifth-grade bilingual teacher Adriana Cruz was named SHABE Bilingual Teacher of the Year; Cypress Falls High School New Arrival Center teacher Pamela Broussard was named SHABE Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year; and Birkes Elementary School fourth-grade ESL teacher Melissa Taylor was named SHABE ESL Elementary Teacher of the Year.

CFISD’s teachers were honored among the approximately 100 teachers who were nominated from participating Houston-area school districts. They are now eligible for the Texas Association of Bilingual Educators (TABE) Teacher of the Year awards.

“We are so proud of our bilingual and ESL teachers. They exemplify the best CFISD offers to English language learners as they transition into fully successful dual language readers and writers,” said Mary Jadloski, assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction, who attended the April 12 banquet.

SHABE exists to help teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators to educate students whose native language is not English. The organization was founded by Diana Garcia-Marion, who retired from CFISD in January 2011 after 41 years of service as a bilingual teacher and bilingual/ESL coordinator.

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SHABE: CFISD had three winners recognized at the SHABE Teacher of the Year Banquet on April 12. Pictured, from left, are Frazier Elementary School fifth-grade bilingual teacher Adriana Cruz (Bilingual Teacher of the Year); Mary Jadloski, assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction; Cypress Falls High School New Arrival Center teacher Pamela Broussard (Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year); and Birkes Elementary School fourth-grade ESL teacher Melissa Taylor (Elementary ESL Teacher of the Year).