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The NBISD Board of Trustees honored the District Teachers of the Year at the April 15th board meeting held in the NBISD Education Center Boardroom.
From the 14 Campus Teachers of the Year, NBISD has selected Shelby Atchley of Carl Schurz Elementary as District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Trent Wenzel of the NBHS Ninth Grade Center as the District Secondary Teacher of the Year.
A selection committee selected these outstanding teachers for the district honor after judging their essay applications and conducting in-person interviews. Both recipients will compete at the regional level this summer with hopes of ultimately being named Texas Teacher of the Year.
Fourth Grade Teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary School
2019 NBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year
Shelby Atchley has been an educator for the past 6 years and a teacher in NBISD for the past 2 years. She worked in Seguin ISD as an elementary teacher before coming to NBISD last school year. She currently works as a fourth grade math and science teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary.
“I am honored and humbled to represent such a distinguished school district, and one of the best in the state of Texas. I feel privileged to be awarded this prestigious award, and to know that my hard work and passion for teaching has been recognized,” said Atchley. “I am surrounded by outstanding, hard-working, dedicated teachers and staff that all deserve this honor. These extraordinary educators inspire me to continually strive for excellence, each and every day.”
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University. She is certified as Generalist for early childhood through 6th grade and has an English as a Second Language supplemental certification.
She currently serves as a cooperating teacher through Texas State University and hosts student teachers in her classroom. She also assists with fourth grade mathematics eCourse development for NBISD and serves on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Team for NBISD. She is a member of the Leader in Me Committee at Carl Schurz Elementary.
In her previous district, she served as grade level chair, a member of the Scope and Sequencing Committee and a leader on the Coordinated Approach to Child Health Committee.
Her past honors include being named Elementary Teacher of the Week in 2016 and serving as the local chapter secretary for the Association of Texas Professional Educators for four years.
She and her husband, Justin, have one son, Tatum, who will be 3 years old in June.
Geography Teacher at NBHS Ninth Grade Center
2019 NBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
Trent Wenzel has been an educator for the past 18 years and a teacher in NBISD for the past 16 years. He worked in Austin ISD as high school Geography teacher before coming to NBISD in 2002. He currently works as an AP Human Geography Teacher and Pre-AP World Geography teacher at the NBHS Ninth Grade Center.
“It is a honor to be selected as the NBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and represent all the dedicated educators in our district,” said Wenzel. “Teaching students to think globally and having a passion for geography makes my job exciting and rewarding.”
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and post-graduate certification in education from Texas State University. He is certified to teach secondary Geography in grades 6th-12th.
His past honors include being named a Campus Teacher of the Year in 2014 and 2006 and NBISD District Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2006. He was honored by the NBISD Education Foundation as a New Braunfels High School Distinguished Alumni in 2011 and as a grant recipient in 2002 and 2018. He received the Texas State University Geography Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, the Lamar Award of Excellence in 2005 and the Texas Congress of Parents & Teachers Award in 2004.
He has also been named a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Scholar in 2003, a Distinguished Teacher in Achievement Award Recipient by the National Council for Geographic Education in 2003, a Texas Alliance for Geographic Education Education Distinguished Service Award Recipient in 2005 and a Scott & White Community All-Star.
He and his wife, Kalisha, have two children that attend NBISD schools.
For more information about the NBISD Teacher of the Year program, CLICK HERE.
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