The Dripping Springs Independent School District (DSISD) honored campus winners of Teacher of the Year on Tuesday morning, as Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing joined campus principals to surprise the winners.

The five campus Teachers of the Year are: SueAnna Thomas, Dripping Springs Elementary; Natalie Mahany, Rooster Springs Elementary; Amber Daige, Walnut Springs Elementary; Angela Smith, Dripping Springs Middle School; and Marisa Maher, Dripping Springs High School.

The winners are now eligible for the DSISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year awards, which will be announced at the Board of Trustees meeting May 17, 2012. Those two winners will represent Dripping Spring ISD in the statewide Teacher of the Year contest.

Below is a brief career summary on each of the five DSISD campus winners:

SUEANNA THOMAS:  Mrs. Thomas is in her 21st year teaching and her sixth year at Dripping Springs Elementary where she has taught both third and first grades. She also has taught in four other districts, including nearby Hays CISD. Mrs. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1991 and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University in May 2011.

NATALIE MAHANY:  Third-grade teacher Natalie Mahany is in her 13th year teaching and her 12th in Dripping Springs ISD. She has taught at Rooster Springs since it opened – both first and third grades – and previously was at Dripping Springs Elementary (Primary) School. Mrs. Mahany, who is trained and certified in ESL (English as a Second Language) and GT (Gifted/Talented), also serves as the campus UIL coordinator. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University.

AMBER DAIGE:  A Vermont native, Amber Daige taught second grade when she lived in San Diego before moving to the Dripping Springs area in 2010. She attended National University, where education was the focus of both her undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a Master of Education in Cross-Cultural Studies. Last year she taught third grade at Walnut Springs before moving to first grade this year.

ANGELA SMITH: Ms. Smith is her eighth year at Dripping Springs Middle School where she teaches Science and pre-AP Science for sixth grade. She has been teaching for 12 years, from the pre-K level to middle school. Mrs. Smith has worked in Mansfield ISD, Abilene ISD and Midland Christian School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lubbock Christian University in 1989.

MARISA MAHER: Marisa Maher is now in her 10th year as a Career and Technology teacher and cross country/track coach. In addition to coaching girls’ track she also serves as the girls’ athletic coordinator.A native of Dayton, Ohio, she attended Texas A&M University where she lettered for three years in track and field, graduating in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree of business administration.


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