• 2022-2023 ESC Region 19 Teachers of the Year



    2023 ESC 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year: Joselyn Zuñiga


    Zuñiga teaches science and social studies to 6th-grade bilingual students at Lorenzo G. Alarcon Elementary in the San Elizario school district. Zuniga's passion for teaching stems from working with at-risk families while attending New Mexico State University. Zuniga believes family is essential in life and makes her classroom an example of a supportive family.


    2023 ESC 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year: Hector Juárez


    Juárez teaches 8th-grade science at Canutillo Middle School STEAM Academy in the Canutillo school district. Juárez believes in the adage that students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. This is a perspective that inspires him to continue serving his students.


    Raiz Federal Union, formerly known as Federal Teachers Credit Union, co-sponsors the annual Region 19 Teacher of the Year program. They awarded the top three teachers in elementary and secondary categories with generous cash prizes.


    Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year Top Winners:


    • WINNER: Joselyn Zuñiga, San Elizario ISD
    • 1st Runner Up: Michelle Lorio, Fabens ISD
    • 2nd Runner Up: Virginia Trujillo, Tornillo ISD


    Region 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year Top Winners:


    • WINNER: Hector Juarez, Canutillo ISD
    • 1st Runner Up: Amy Smith, Ysleta ISD
    • 2nd Runner Up: Andreanna Harkless, El Paso ISD


    2022-2023 District Teachers of the Year

     Below is the 2022-2023 cohort of District Teachers of The Year from across our region who competed to represent our region at the state level. All of them, are well deserving of the honor to represent our community.



    ESC19 Teacher of the Year Program




    For nearly three decades, ESC Region 19 has proudly presented the Teacher of the Year (TOY) program. ESC 19 annually showcases district teachers who have emerged as champions in their profession, and have impacted and inspired students to unforetold heights in all aspects of their lives.


    Our ESC 19 Teachers of the Year represent not only the best in their districts but are among the most consistently recognized as the best in Texas, having gone on to win eight Texas Teacher of the Year Awards!




    We encourage you to watch our past winners' "Videos & Pictures" section and be inspired by these marvelous teachers' words and passion for education! 




    You can relive the excitement of our awards celebration on our YouTube Channel ESCRegion19 which was streamed LIVE on August 13, 2022. The event was hosted at the Starlight Event Center.  All regional teachers of the year were recognized, but only one elementary and one secondary teacher of the year will go on to represent our region at the state level. Click link below: