West Ridge MS EANESpiration Winners, 2022
Those who display leadership and commitment to the district by making a positive, noticeable and significant impact.
Mr. John Arellano, Special Ed Teacher
John is a positive, gentle and compassionate teacher. He has been blessed to work with numerous students, but especially 4 young men who he has impacted during their years here at WRMS. John's patience and gentle redirections, no matter how many times a student needs to be redirected, is a gift to the students and all who get to learn from him. He is a team player with all life skills students and teachers, jumping in to do whatever he is asked to do and whenever he is needed. His impact is admirable and wonderful to see.
Ms. Hayley Bell, 8th-grade Teacher
Hayley is a fabulous teacher! The time and effort that she puts into lessons to make them fun and engaging for her students is incredible. Hayley has spent a large amount of time revamping current curriculum to make it more challenging and interesting for students. As well as the lessons she's created, she volunteered to pick up another class mid-semester when it was necessary! Her students clearly love her and appreciate what she does in the classroom. Hayley is very clearly making an impact in her classroom!
Ms. Jazmine Keeton, 6th-grade ELA Teacher
Jazmine has become a true leader of the English Department at West Ridge. This year, she moved to 6th grade where she has taken every chance she gets to create engaging lessons and authentic assessments for her students. She also has been a member of the DEI committee and is committed to making sure every student feels welcome and accepted. Not only this, but she quickly and smoothly transitioned into being our interim department head where she has kept us organized and on top of everything. Thank you, Jazmine!
Mr. Mason Neal, Technology/Robotics Teacher
As a first-year teacher Mason has done a wonderful job of taking on teaching five different subjects. He took over the transition from the previous teacher with such grace and ease, and with an eagerness to foster engagement and interest with each student. He always greets his students with excitement and enthusiasm. You can tell he is passionate about his job and is devoted to making a real impact on his students. We are happy to have Mason as a part of West Ridge Middle School.
Ms. Kathleen Parks, Substitute
Kathleen is a consistent sub in our Life Skills department and has been for a couple of years. She NEVER says "NO" to anything that is asked of her, including some of the most challenging situations. She is making materials, making suggestions as she gets to know each child on what works for them best, and is an overall amazing team player. The kids and staff all love and adore her and most importantly she is responsible, compassionate, is always smiling, and is always there to help out. Kathleen is such an integral part of life skills at WRMS. She's there for us whenever we need a boost of positive energy or just to be heard. We are very grateful to work alongside her!
Ms. Lillian Wing, Special Ed Teacher
You would never know that Lily is a first-year teacher. She is full of life, love, compassion, patience to no end, and amazing creativity. She is a leader for all who work for her and she has even volunteered to be a leader in our Best Buddies program. I could go on and on about all of the great things that are going on in her classroom, but there's not enough room. She shows respect to all of the children, as well as each and every adult she works with. The WRMS life skills team is blessed to have her as part of our team.
Those who perform an outstanding achievement that brings prestige to Eanes ISD, or do something that goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Andrew Graeber, Coach/Social Studies Teacher
There are countless occasions during which Coach Graeber went out of his way to listen or comfort students. He is very popular with students in general; they seem to appreciate the support he regularly provides as well as value his opinion and advice. There are many stories to illustrate this point but one recent, particular instance comes to mind when a student was particularly distraught. Coach Graeber stayed with the student during a passing period and made sure the student kept on talking and felt heard. After a few minutes, when the student had managed to pull themselves back together, he gave them a pass to their next class. In the meantime, in his classroom, no one had skipped a beat and his class resumed as usual. We are so fortunate to have Coach Graeber as a part of our West Ridge family and appreciate your kindness and overall above-and-beyond attitude!
Veronica Perez Ramos, Substitute
Ms. Perez Ramos is a substitute in the Life Skills classroom, working with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Although she is busy getting her Masters in Special Education, she still finds time in her crowded schedule to work with our students 3 times a week. She exemplifies patience, hard work, and selflessness. Our staff knows that every time Mrs. PR walks through the door, the day is just going to run that much smoother. Anytime there is a task on the table, whether it's organizing a messy cabinet, making new materials, assisting in a bathroom change, or even running a lesson, Mrs. PR is always the first to lend a helping hand. Not only is she the first to volunteer to do the task, but she always does it to the best of her abilities, and exactly how you would want it done. We are so thankful for Mrs. PR and all of her hard work!
Those who implement a creative or innovative program, teaching method, cost-savings, etc.
Ms. Sarah Strittmatter, 7th-grade ELA Teacher
Sarah's teaching methods have made an indescribable impact on our students receiving special education services. Many of our students who have struggled in ELA in the past or mentioned they didn’t like ELA are now reporting it is their favorite subject. We've been able to lower support levels in her classes since many of our students don't require as extensive prompting to engage, because they are having fun. Sarah actively engages their interests and adjusts based on their needs in a way that many of the students don't feel they've been engaged before. So, from all of us in Behavior Support, thank you!