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Rotary honors Deer Park ISD teachers of the year

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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This week, the Deer Park Rotary Club honored the Deer Park ISD teachers of the year. Sarah Kouba, a theater teacher at Fairmont Junior High was recognized as the secondary teacher of the year while Teri Armendariz, the Carpenter Elementary technology integration specialist was honored at the elementary level. 

Rotary TOTY2017The Deer Park Rotary Club honored the DPISD teachers of the year at its Wednesday luncheon. Recognized were Deer Park ISD and Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year Terri Armendariz (middle left) and DPISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Sarah Kouba (middle right). They were presented their awards by Rotarians Beckie Stockstill Cobb and Victor White, DPISD superintendent. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.For their selfless commitments to their students, their education and self-improvement in and out of the classroom, the Deer Park Rotary Club honored the Deer Park ISD’s teachers of the year.

Sarah Kouba, a theater teacher at Fairmont Junior High and Terri Armendariz, Carpenter Elementary technology integration specialist were recognized as secondary and elementary teachers of the year respectively.

Kouba, now a sixth-year teacher, has an exceptional program, said Deer Park ISD Superintendent Victor White.

“Her groups repeatedly placed in best of show awards in a variety of competitions and earn individual awards,” White said.

He said Kouba’s goals for students go beyond the stage and performances.

“I tell my students talent is everywhere but character is not. Anyone can learn to be talented, but at the end of the day it’s how we care for people that truly matters most,” said Kouba.

Armendariz has been an educator for more than 20 years and for the last several years, has been the campus integration technology specialist.

“It is my duty to provide teachers and students a supportive environment where they feel confident to take risks and look at failures as an opportunity to learn,” said Armendariz.

That mindset earned her recognition beyond Deer Park ISD, White said.

She was also named elementary teacher of the year for the entire Houston region, which encompasses more than 100,000 elementary-level teachers.