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Krum ISD

Dyer teacher named Star Discovery Educator

Patricia Barrera, a teacher at Dyer Elementary School, has been named a STAR Discovery Educator by Discovery Education for her commitment to harnessing digital learning to inspire students’ curiosity and prepare them for future careers.

STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the Discovery Educator Network, a global community of educators who are passionate about teaching with digital media and technology and sharing ideas and resources.

For more information about the Discovery Educator Network, visit

Northwest ISD

Teacher advances to leadership competition

Northwest High School educator Mary Whittenberg has been named the Region 8 nominee for the Earl Reum Award through the National Association of Workshop Directors.

This award is designed to recognize people for their work with adults and student leadership training. Whittenberg will compete for the national title in December.

Liberty Christian School

Four added to school’s Master Teachers team

Four teachers were recently added to school’s team of Master Teachers.

Developed more than 20 years ago at the school, the rigorous Master Teachers program encourages teachers to pursue excellence in their classroom instruction.

Those named were Amy Funderburk, fifth grade; Ruthie Quam, 11th-grade English; Sharon Ramsey, ninth-grade world geography and 10th-grade world history; and Cindy Sanchez, kindergarten.

To pursue the Master Teacher title, teachers must have a minimum five years’ experience in teaching a subject or a combination of subjects in an allied field at Liberty. They must also have documented evaluation of classroom management that is of exemplary quality.

Teachers applying for Master Teacher status must put together a portfolio that includes personal accomplishments and lesson plans.

They must also show their participation in continuing education and their flexibility of “stepping outside of the box” in teaching. Teachers must demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with other professionals and have a mentor who provides leadership and support.

Senior named 2014 Commended Scholar

Liberty Christian School senior Jacob Elliott was recently named a Commended Scholar in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 34,000 Commended Scholars throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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