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Charter School Teachers Celebrate Upcoming School Year at Convocation

image of teachers in costumesFaculty and staff from UT Elementary School and UT-University Charter School (UT-UCS) came together to celebrate the upcoming school year at the annual convocation ceremony at UT Elementary School on Friday, Aug. 4.

Dressed in capes, masks, and tutus, the teachers worked together in a number of activities revolving around the “Everyday Superhero” theme. Superintendent Melissa Chavez gave a rousing opening, discussing the importance of accountability. “Each of us must take personal ownership to meet our goals,” she told the group. “We will fight for kids every day.”  She laid out the goals for the year which touched on attendance, retention, and academic success. Each campus presented their superpowers, which included “We don’t believe in Mission Impossible;” conquering “I can’t” and “I won’t;” and “Everyone, every day, every way”

After a fun-filled day of learning and sharing, the large gathering of educators welcomed new faculty and staff and honored the 2016-17 award winners from both UT-UCS and UT Elementary. The honorees include:

Image of Brenda DeemerBrenda Deemer, Teacher of the Year, Special Education Teacher at UT-UCS

Image of Charles Ross Charles Ross, Rookie of the Year, High School Math and Science Teacher at UT-UCS

Image of Abraham Cruz Abraham Cruz, Staff of the Year, IT Specialist at UT-UCS

Image of Megan Rojo Megan Rojo, Teacher of the Year, Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Math Intervention Specialist at UT Elementary School

Image of Cameron KoefflerKameron Koeffler, Rookie of the Year, Third-Grade Teacher at UT Elementary School

Image of Michelle MartinezMichelle Martinez, Staff of the Year, PEIMS Coordinator and Administrative Associate at UT Elementary School

Image of Randall Jackson Teachers and staff were also recognized for career milestones. Pictured here Randall Jackson was honored with a Bevo award for 15 years of excellence at UT-UCS.

More photos can be found on the DDCE Flickr site. Visit the UT Elementary School website and the UT-UCS website for more information.