Two Borger ISD Educators to be Honored at Region 16


Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program (TOY) has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.  Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.  Facilitated by the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Teacher of the Year Program annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching.


Every fall, 40 Regional Teachers of the Year are selected -- one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions in Texas.  Six finalists are then chosen from among the 40 semi-finalists.

Following an interview process, the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year are chosen from among the six finalists.  One is selected to represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program.

Borger ISD would like to congratulate their two District Nominees, Lisa Cole, Elementary Teacher of the Year 2021 Nominee, and Amy Earles,  Secondary Teacher of the Year 2021 Nominee.  Cole and Earles were selected by an Administrative Committee.  


Lisa Cole has been a 1st-grade teacher at Gateway Elementary for 8 years. This past school year, Ms. Cole taught remote 1st graders. She provided students with an environment of learning as if they were sitting at the tables in her classroom. She has spent many hours with each student reading with them, covering math objectives and so much more. Ms. Cole has been an asset on campus by providing time for other remote teachers to come to observe her setup and process for meeting with students. She has invested so much time to ensure every meticulous detail and all materials students will need are labeled and ready for each week. Ms. Cole has also provided instruction for any student who went into quarantine and worked closely with other classroom teachers to ensure they returned to class without any time lost. She has interacted with almost 50 different students throughout this year and each one has received the same amount of attention and care. Ms. Cole has made a connection to her learners that most would not think would be possible being remote. She also has made sure students were able to participate in school events such as pictures and class parties all while respecting and adhering to social distancing guidelines. Ms. Cole did a reading challenge where her class read a total of almost 1,300 books! Gateway Principal James Russell stated, “I am truly blown away at the magnitude of learning happening in her online classroom, and to say she has gone above and beyond is an understatement. I am proud to say that Lisa Cole is a Borger ISD teacher, but take more pride that she represents Gateway Elementary!”

Mrs. Earles has been a master teacher at Borger Middle School for 15 years.   She has been on top of things from the get-go this year and has done an amazing job being a positive force on campus to students and staff. Every day in her classroom her students are diligently working hard, having great academic conversations, and doing high-level group/independent work. Her dedicated instruction shows as her data has increased every single 6 weeks. Her students love being in her class because she has built such strong relationships with them and they definitely aim to please her with their hard work. Borger Middle School Principal Brandon Harris states, “Mrs. Earles has been an absolute ROCK this year in a time of crazy uncertainty with Covid and all of the weekly changes that came with it. BMS is the best campus because we have a rock star like her on our team! We LOVE her and appreciate everything she does for us!”




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