2016 Educator of the Year
Every year educator at each school nominate a fellow educator as the educator of the year. From those educators a committee is formed to select the District educator of the year.
WHS's Melissa Dupre Named District Educator of the Year
Westlake High School’s Melissa Dupre was named the 2016 Eanes ISD Educator of the Year at the Employee Recognition and Retiree Dinner tonight. Dupre, who teaches Senior AP English, also works on the school’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Committee, and the GPA Committee, as well as serves as Student Council sponsor. She is in her 10th year at Westlake, and has 23 total years of teaching experience.
Dupre is described as the epitome of the consummate professional and an inspiring teacher. She actively thinks about how students should experience literature, not just what they should know about it. She is constantly reading, researching, thinking about the world and her own craft, and brings the results to her classes, whether it is through messages that she shares with her students or ideas about teaching that she implements.
“Melissa helps make Westlake a better place for everyone,” said Dr. John Carter, Principal of Westlake High School. “She is passionate about educating our students, not just about the curriculum, but about life. She cares about the health of the individuals at Westlake, and works tirelessly to reduce stress in the learning environment.”
“My students are in control of their own learning, and they consistently exceed my expectations,” Dupre said her in her application for District EOY. “My job has shifted from distributing content and confirming right and wrong answers to encouraging and challenging my students to think as deeply and completely as possible.”
This year, Dupre spearheaded the SEL focus on campus and the Challenge Success program, which focuses on creating a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for students, that is not overly focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. She is passionate about making Westlake a better place and promoting the core values that the District’s Graduate Profile and Educator Profile exhibit.
All nine campus winners for the Educators of the Year were honored at tonight’s ceremony, as well as 25-year service recognitions and retirees. The Westlake Rotary Club sponsors the award and Rotary members serve on the selection committee. Each Campus Teacher of the Year receives a cash gift from the Rotary and Dupre receives an additional gift from the Eanes Education Foundation.
- Barton Creek Elementary – Courtney Rimkus, Kindergarten Teacher
- Bridge Point Elementary School – Sheri Bryant, ESL/RTI Teacher
- Cedar Creek Elementary School – Shannon Foley, Librarian
- Eanes Elementary – Allie Perry, 1st Grade Teacher
- Forest Trail Elementary – Jana Guerra, 2nd Grade Teacher
- Valley View Elementary - Alyse Cordelli, Special Education Teacher
- Hill Country Middle School – Brenda Mosher, Language Arts Teacher
- West Ridge Middle School – Jason Spodick, Robotics & Tech Systems teacher