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WRMS Science Teacher Named 2024 District Educator of the Year

West Ridge Middle School Science Teacher Kavita Karandikar was named Eanes ISD Educator of the Year at today's Employee Recognition and Retiree Celebration.

Kavita Karandikar has 15 years of teaching experience and six of those at West Ridge Middle School. She has established herself as an educator who instills a love of science within her classroom. With a perfect blend of firmness and compassion, she fosters an environment where academic rigor is met with genuine care and understanding. Her commitment to nurturing each student's individual strengths and recognizing and supporting them through challenges sets her apart as a beloved teacher.

What truly distinguishes Kavita is her humility and selflessness. Despite her outstanding contributions, she remains a humble force for positive change, always willing to lend a helping hand and share credit with others. In every interaction, Kavita's warmth, wit and wisdom shine through, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she meets. Her classroom is not just a space for learning but a sanctuary where students feel valued, challenged and inspired.

Kavita’s contributions to West Ridge are immeasurable, and her impact on the lives of her students is truly profound. Congratulations once again to the Eanes ISD District Educator of the Year, Kavita Karandikar.

The nine campus winners participated in an interview process to select the 2024 District Educator of the Year. The Westlake Rotary Club sponsors the award and Rotary members serve on the District selection committee.

Barton Creek:    Sara Russell, 3rd-Grade Teacher
Bridge Point:      Carley Leavitt, Campus Support Specialist
Cedar Creek:     Bonnie Pham, 2nd-Grade Teacher
Eanes:               Julie Burgess, Special Education Teacher
Forest Trail:       Kaleigh Flaherty, 3rd-Grade Teacher
Valley View:       Elizabeth Bassimakopoulos, Librarian      
Hill Country:       Matt Beebe, Social Studies Teacher      
West Ridge:       Kavita Karandikar, IPC and 8th-Grade Science Teacher
Westlake:           Alison Leifeste, Special Education Teacher & Asst. Cheer Coach