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The NBISD Board of Trustees honored the District Teachers of the Year at the April 16th board meeting held in the NBISD Education Center Boardroom.
From the 14 Campus Teachers of the Year, NBISD has selected Lauren Bain of Carl Schurz Elementary as District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Sara Trammell of New Braunfels Middle School 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. Bain and Trammell will compete at the regional level this summer with hopes of ultimately being named Texas Teacher of the Year.
Carl Schurz Elementary School
2018 NBISD Elementary Teacher of the Year
Lauren Bain has been an educator for the past 12 years and a teacher in NBISD for the past 9 years. She worked in North East ISD as an elementary music teacher before coming to NBISD in 2009. She currently works as the Music Teacher at Carl Schurz Elementary.
She earned both her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education and Master of Arts in Teaching for All-Level Music from Trinity University. She is certified to teach music (early childhood through 12th grade) and English as a Second Language (Supplemental). She also received her Kodály Certification from Texas State University and Orff-Schulwerk Certification from Trinity University. She is President-Elect 2017-2019 for the Kodály Educators of Texas and is a member of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, Texas Music Educators Association and International Kodály Society.
Her past honors include being selected as a grant recipient through the NBISD Education Foundation in 2017, TangerKIDS in 2014 and North East ISD Educational Foundation in 2008. In 2015, she was selected as Campus Teacher of the Year at Carl Schurz Elementary School.
New Braunfels Middle School
2018 NBISD Secondary Teacher of the Year
Sara Trammell has been an educator for the past 6 years and a teacher in NBISD for the past 4 years. She worked in Austin ISD as music specialist before coming to NBISD in 2014. She currently works as the Choir Teacher at New Braunfels Middle School.
She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Texas State University. She is certified to teach music (early childhood through 12th grade). She is a member of the Texas Choral Directors Association and Texas Music Educators Association.
Her past honors include being named a Kohl’s Cares Service Project Grant Recipient and a Teacher of Promise in 2013 from Austin ISD. Under her direction, the NBMS choirs have been successful and consistently earned a Sweepstakes trophy at the UIL Concert and Sight Reading competitions. In 2017, the NBMS Beginning Treble Choir also earned a Superior Award at the Pride of Texas Music Festival.
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Pictured left or on top: Superintendent Randy Moczygemba, District Elementary Teacher of the Year Lauren Bain and Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Duane Trujillo during the surprise visit to announce the district winner on April 9, 2018.
Pictured right or on second: NBMS Principal Greg Hughes, District Secondary Teacher of the Year Sara Trammell and Superintendent Randy Moczygemba during the surprise visit to announce the district winner on April 9, 2018.
The New Braunfels ISD Board of Trustees honored this year’s Silver Unicorn recipients during the regular monthly Board meeting held April 16 in the NBISD Education Center Boardroom. This year’s inductees are Rigo Montero and Cathy Hinman.
Cathy Hinman is a 1965 Unicorn graduate and native of New Braunfels. Her career path led her back to New Braunfels ISD. She began her teaching career in New Braunfels ISD nearly 50 years ago and has taught thousands of students at Carl Schurz, Walnut Springs, Lone Star and now Veramendi Elementary. During her career, she has taught several generations of families including some of the grandchildren of former students. She is passionate about teaching 1st graders and has a unique ability to help students love reading.
She is a highly dedicated professional who knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence and continues to be a lifelong learner herself. One of her colleagues describes her as a remarkable person and friend, and an extraordinary teacher, mentor and leader.
Rigo Montero has served the NBISD community wholeheartedly for many years. As a parent at Carl Schurz Elementary, he served as PTA President. He has served on the Comal County Child Welfare Board for many years, as well as a sponsor/chaperone for several church youth group mission trips.
In 2008, he successfully ran for the NBISD School Board and was elected to represent District 2. During his nine-year term, he served as Board President and Board Secretary. He always placed the needs of the district’s students and teachers as his utmost priority, and could be counted on to provide leadership.
Montero is employed as a hospital social worker. He and his wife, Rosalinda, have one daughter who graduated from NBHS in 2016.
For more information about this recognition program, CLICK HERE.
CAPTION: The NBISD Board of Trustees inducted Rigo Montero and Cathy Hinman as Silver Unicorn recipients during their regular monthly board meeting held on April 16, 2018.
Every year, agriculture students devote their time and effort in and out of class learning all the aspects of raising livestock for shows.
Students start their journey by choosing the type of animal they would like to raise, looking for prime features that show promise of a healthy and strong animal.
Months of commitment follows with students taking time out of their day to feed, groom, board and train their animals; constantly monitoring the progress of their investment.
“You always want to make sure they are on track,” said Danyella Longoria, a NBHS senior. “You want to always have an endpoint in mind”
Longoria, who has been showing pigs and steers for years, has racked up an impressive run of awards this school year including 1st place at the 2017 Dallas State Fair and multiple “High Point Winner” awards and top placements throughout the more recent 2018 shows.
The stock shows, ranging from smaller local events to world-class attractions like the San Antonio and Houston rodeos, are where all the months of hard work come could potentially pay off.
Students bring their animals to the larger shows in droves, a chaotic scene of endless trailers, scrambling family members and animals.
Once checked in, the students wait for their class to be called. They bring their animal to an open arena alongside other competing students. A judge examines everyone’s animal and also, to an extent, the students’ dress, attitude and demeanor.
Longoria said there are standards to judging livestock, and very specific attributes the judges are looking for, but they all approach judging differently.
“It all depends on how fast the judge is judging. Some classes he goes super fast and some others he goes super slow,” she said.
After a process of elimination, the final winners are chosen. Their animal stands a chance to make some considerable money at auction.
Beyond 4-H and FFA, the students are also prepped to raise livestock by their agriculture classes. The entire process is encouraged, taught and analyzed in various classes that teach them about raising animals, their anatomy and physiology as well judging their features and other aspects of the agriculture/food industry.
“Right now I’m in Advanced Animal Science,” said Longoria. “So it’s the cuts of meats, what makes a good animal (features), how much muscle you want on them, how much fat.”
Longoria sees a future for herself in the agriculture industry.
“This is for sure something I want to continue into college. I love animals and I love having something to do with Ag, so I’m thinking about an Ag business degree or maybe pursue being a vet,” she said.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources is a NBISD Career & Technical Education (CTE) occupational cluster for New Braunfels High School students. The pathway helps students interested in the field of study by preparing them for occupations and further study in higher education. To learn more about the CTE programs offered in NBISD, CLICK HERE.
Earlier this morning, New Braunfels Police Department received a report that a student at New Braunfels High School had sent a social media post that was threatening to a student who does not attend NBHS.
The student was identified with the help of campus administration. The male juvenile was detained after a search of his vehicle resulted in the discovery of an unloaded pistol, but no ammunition.
In situations like this, the student’s punishment at the campus level will be based on the results of a student discipline hearing.
I would also like to emphasize, that at no time was a threat made against the school.
We greatly appreciate those involved for contacting the authorities and working with the administration to address the situation.
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