Wednesday, June 23, 2021

SAGT Honors Outstanding Teacher

SAGT_Clarissimeaux (5)The Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented supports Carroll Independent School District in efforts to promote and encourage the education of gifted and talented students and to advance academics in the district.

To support the organization’s mission, SAGT offers a monthly Teacher Recognition Award. The program is designed to shine a light on classroom teachers who bring GT elements to the classroom or instruct students to think “outside the box”.

This month, SAGT members presented Carroll ISD teacher Donna Clarrissimeaux with the Teacher Recognition Award. She received a certificate, sign and a sweet treet from SAGT representative Kristin Jesser.

SAGT_Clarissimeaux (4)Clarrissimeaux teaches 4th grade at Walnut Grove Elementary School. Parents say she shows enthusiasm in the classroom and encourages students to “dig deeper” in language arts. Clarrissimeaux gives her student the option of writing, illustrating and publishing a book while challenging each child to redefine their personal best. Clarrissimeaux has been a teacher for over 40 years and has been a Dragon for the past eight years.

SAGT takes the time to recognize outstanding educators in Carroll ISD. Click here to read about past winners.

SAGT, Carroll AP Boosters Present Annual Teacher Grants

Carroll ISD receives support in many ways. Two groups that support the district in maintaining academic excellence are the Carroll AP Booster Club and The Southlake Association of Gifted and Talented. Both of these non-profit organizations provide grants, donations and community support needed to advance teachers and students in their scholarly pursuits.

Recently, the Carroll AP Boosters and SAGT awarded grants to two dozen Carroll ISD faculty members. Board Members, Julie Doyle and Kelli Zenick presented SAGT grants to teachers during the Jan. 13 School Board Meeting.

“We are happy that we can partner with Carroll ISD and parents to support our GT teachers and students,” said SAGT President Julie Doyle. “In addition to the $5,388 we were able to award in teacher grants this year,  SAGT also partnered with schools and PTO’s and paid $1,750 to help 14 GT teachers attend the annual TAGT conference in December.”

The Carroll AP Boosters also awarded grants recently, fulfilling 17 teacher requests for enrichment grants. There was a 14% increase in grant funds this year, do to a successful membership drive and a grant from IBM. In addition, the Carroll AP Booster Club will be offering several $1,000.00 Senior Scholarships in the spring which are funded through local community sponsorships.  Details about the scholarship application process and due dates will be available next month.

“We are privileged to support our advanced academic teachers to enhance the educational opportunities of CISD students,” said AP Booster President Kelli Zenick. “We are proud to play a small role in providing our CISD teachers the additional resources needed for their classrooms and we appreciate the continued support of our membership and our community.”

This year SAGT will not only donate $7,500 in grants, the group will also host two Student Program events and six Parent Program events, as well as award a scholarship to a graduating senior. SAGT awarded partial or full grants to all teachers (8 total) who submitted grant applications. Grant requests totaled over $13,000.

Below is a list of all CISD AP and Quest teachers who received grants this year:

Elementary Schools

  • Judy Leddy, WGES – SAGT Grant: $719.00 for (2) Lego EV3 Robotics Core Set with chargers
  • Keri Lejeune, OUES- SAGT Grant: $559.85 for (1) Lego EV3 Robotics Core Set with charger and 2 Expansion Sets
  • Cindy Featherston, RES – SAGT Grant: $199.99 for LittleBits Deluxe Kit
  • Nancy Musgrave, JES – SAGT Grant: $822.00 for (2) iPad minis, AppleCare and cases

Durham Intermediate School

  • Melissa Bailey – AP Booster Grant: $750.00 for KIVA Loans
  • Patty Christensen  – SAGT Grant: $450.00 for a year-long VoiceThread teacher license
  • Lance Mangham – AP Booster Grant: $711.11 for Makerbot Digitizer Desktop

Eubanks Intermediate School

  • Cindi Arnold – AP Booster Grant: $260.00, buses for field trip
  • Lisa Gilbert – SAGT Grant: $1,237.00 for (1) iPad with AppleCare; 7 iPad cases and 7 wireless keyboards
  • Janay Hunt – AP Booster Grant: $3.077.61 for 3 Dell laptops, SAGT Grant: $1,025.87 for a Dell laptop

Carroll Middle School

  • Jenny Bowen – AP Booster Grant: $2,943.74 for T1 Calculators
  • Matthew Colvin – AP Booster Grant: $315.77 for 8 iPad cases

Carroll High School

  • Shane Bybee – SAGT Grant: $374.00 for registration fee and meals to attend the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference
  • Yuhsin Lee – AP Booster Grant: $550.00 for AP Conference Registration
  • Keeley Lowery – AP Booster Grant: $1,471.87 for a Blue Dig. BioImaging, 4 calculator
  • Julie McCurley – AP Booster Grant: $1,216.08 for a lab oven
  • Karen Otto – AP Booster Grant: $550.00 for AP Conference Registration

Carroll Senior High School

  • Kathryn Dobrow – AP Booster Grant: $365.00 for College Board Workshop Registration
  • Rebecca Gould – AP Booster Grant: $550.00 for AP Conference Reigstration
  • Karen Knight – AP Booster Grant: $365.00 for College Board Workshop Registration
  • Linda Lacava – AP Booster Grant: $550.00 for College Board Workshop Registration
  • Kim Lufkin, CSHS – AP Booster Grant: $550.00 for AP Conference Registration
  • Paula Orr – AP Booster Grant: $365.00 for College Board Workshop Registration
  • Linda Woessner – AP Booster Grant: $1,949.95 for 15 Sphero Robot

More information about both organizations are available online. Click here to visit the Carroll AP Boosters website, click here to visit the SAGT website.

Carroll ISD Announces District Teachers of the Year

Carroll Dragon logo Trademarked 4The Carroll Independent School District announced the District Teachers of the Year during the annual End of Year Celebration on Wednesday, May 28.

Carroll ISD’s K-6 District Teacher of the Year is Melissa Bailey, teacher at Durham Intermediate School and the Secondary District Teacher of the Year is Jared Sutton, teacher at Dawson Middle School. Click here to read more about the event and this year’s Campus Teachers of the Year.

The annual event was held from 4-6 p.m. at Carroll Senior High School. The event is made possible by members of the employee appreciation program, We Care and donations from district sponsors, Park Place, Frost Bank and Central Market.

A video of the event is posted below.

CSHS History Teacher Wins State Award

John Irish Award (1)Carroll ISD’s John Irish has been named U.S. History Teacher of the Year by both the Daughters of Colonial Wars – State of Texas and the Daughters of the American Revolution – Southlake Chapter. Irish teaches Advanced Placement U.S. History at Carroll Senior High School.

To recognize this achievement, Carroll ISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys presented Irish with a special certificate on behalf of the district. Assistant Superintendent Dr. JJ Villarreal and Carroll Senior High School Principal Mr. Shawn Duhon were also in attendance for the surprise classroom presentation. Faltys spoke about the importance of teachers like Irish who, inspire students inside and outside the classroom. Duhon gave students the opportunity to say a few words, a few spoke up thanking Irish for being such a good teacher.

John Irish Award (4)Each year, the Texas State Society Daughters of Colonial Wars selects one elementary, secondary, intermediate, high school or college educator to be named outstanding American History teacher. The award recognizes teachers who encourage Patriotism and interest in American Heritage and promote the study of American History. With this award, Irish advances to the national level where he will compete with U.S. History Teachers from other states to be named Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year by the National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars.

The Southlake Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized Irish at the April 10 Awards Ceremony at Trophy Club. Representatives from neighboring school districts and students receiving scholarships were also in attendance.

The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees will recognize Irish at an upcoming School Board Meeting. This is Irish’s second year teaching in Carroll ISD. Before teaching in Carroll, he taught in Katy ISD and was named campus teacher of the year.Click here to learn more about John Irish.

Board Meeting Included Grant Presentations for Teachers

The new year is off to a great start for Carroll ISD faculty. At the January 13 School Board Meeting, Trustees and Superintendent Dr. David Faltys accepted donations from two different district booster clubs to fund teacher grants.

The first check presentation was from the Southlake Association for the Gifted and Talented. SAGT, is a non-profit organization that partners with Carroll ISD to promote and encourage advanced academics in the district. The group presented Dr. Faltys with a check for $3, 851.90. The grants were requested from five Carroll ISD teachers including three elementary, one intermediate and one high school.

SAGT organizers say they are happy to partner with Carroll ISD and parents to support teachers and GT students in a number of ways including student and parent programs, helping to send teachers to TAGT conferences, student scholarships and teacher grants.

A second check presentation, this one from the Carroll AP Boosters, will fund a dozen teacher requests for enrichment grants. Some of the grants include participation in a STEM conference and iPads for art, psychology and science classes. The money will also pay for 5th and 6th grade social studies enrichment in history, cross-cultural, economics and geography.

A statement from the AP Boosters read, “We applaud our committed faculty for the passion and vision they have towards providing our children a true 21st Century education, and we, the AP Booster Club, are proud to play a small role in helping them provide the tools with which to do so.”

The booster club says they were able to raise 36% more money this year through a successful membership drive.

Regular Meetings of the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees are available to watch on demand through the district’s website. A video clip from the check presentation is below.

Carroll ISD PTO Announces Scholarship Winners

(L-R) Jennifer Hall, Jenna Lehto

The Carroll High School and Senior High School PTO recently awarded their annual faculty and student scholarships.

The $1000 faculty scholarship winners were announced Wednesday, May 8 at the PTO teacher luncheon.  The winners were Mr. Paul Pinson and Ms. Nicole Gilley. Students Jennifer Hall and Jenna Lehto were announced as the 2013 PTO Student Scholarship winners at the Senior Awards on Tuesday, May 21. In the fall,  Ms. Hall will attend The University of Texas at Austin and Ms. Lehto will attend the University of Arkansas.