Posted Date: 06/09/2021
COPPERAS COVE, TX (May 12, 2021)—As the largest employer in Coryell County, Copperas Cove ISD employs more than 1,500 staff members. From among that number, five employees were selected as the CCISD employees of the year.
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Sandra Perry, Copperas Cove High School
Copperas Cove High School Career/Technology Education teacher Sandra Perry’s classroom inspires learning because she brings real-world experience into the classroom. Her classroom is physically set up to be conducive to learning including a mock patient room where students practice nursing skills and also learn through a simulated pharmacy. Perry sets up her lesson plans to ensure students obtain the skills needed to be successful on industry tests and make a smooth transition into careers in the medical field. In addition to teaching, Perry is also the head of the CTE department, the largest department on the CCHS campus, serves as one of the coordinators for high school teacher mentors. Perry has worked as a teacher at CCISD for 22 years and is a registered nurse.
Elementary Teacher of the Year: Lessly Titas, Clements/Parsons Elementary School
Imagine how confusing it might be to sit in a classroom that is taught in two languages. It can be daunting for students to learn their lessons in a second language. But, that’s not the case in the kindergarten classroom of Clements/Parsons Elementary teacher Lessly Titas. Sitting in Titas’ room, kindergarteners experience encouragement, appreciation, and love. Having been a bilingual student herself, Titas understands the struggles that her bilingual students encounter. Titas teaches students with English as their home language and students with Spanish as their home language. She incorporates strategies and methodologies in order to differentiate for all of her students and support them in learning biliteracy. Additionally, she has sought to make sure that there are equitable resources for her Spanish speaking students. Titas has been a teacher for six years.
Rookie Teacher of the Year: Olivia Polsgrove, Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary School
If you walk into teacher Olivia Polsgrove’s classroom at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary, you will never guess that this is her first year of teaching. Her classroom environment and culture are above and beyond even experienced teachers’ classrooms. Polsgrove has a way of reaching students and understanding their needs that goes way beyond a first-year teacher skills. She works diligently every day to improve her craft and ensures students’ needs to be successful are met. Polsgrove spends hours after school every week with her grade level team developing lessons and activities to keep students engaged and help them make academic progress. It comes so naturally to her to teach students not only the lessons in academics that are required, but she also teaches them the expectations for behavior and how to interact with each other.
Paraprofessional of the Year: Crystal Curras, Clements/Parsons Elementary School
Clements/Parsons Elementary ESL Instructional Paraprofessional Crystal Curras’ impact on boost access to literacy materials has not only made teachers more efficient in their jobs but has provided additional teaching time with students. Curras’ efforts were integral in assembling and organizing the school’s Leveled Literacy Intervention book kits, which enabled all teachers to accurately and quickly find the appropriate guided reading books for their students. She also led the effort to organize the Phonics Word Study materials to ease the accessibility of these items. Curras assisted in writing the Interactive Read Aloud sticky notes which helped ensure the continuity of this curriculum’s delivery for all students. Curras’ excellent organizational skills were also applied to the campus’ book room when came in after school to ensure the proper accountability of the school’s books and resources.
Auxiliary Employee of the Year: Mary Sanchez, Warehouse Services
Copperas Cove ISD warehouse employee, Mary Sanchez has worked for the school district in several different jobs over the last 17 years. Sanchez is praised by all of her supervisors as one of the hardest working staff they have had the pleasure with which to work. Sanchez determines what needs to be accomplished, puts her plans in place, and completes each task. Sanchez has an extraordinary ability to find ways to simplify different tasks and make it easier for the school district to provide services for the staff and for community members. She demonstrates a positive can-do attitude at all times and is a great role model for those in the school district who work with her. Sanchez is also an effective trainer, individualizing her training for each staff member to ensure he is successful in his job duties.