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ESC19 Teacher of the Year Winners Announced!







TOY Winners Anderson & Benavides


Kelsey Anderson, teacher at Cactus Trails Elementary School in the Socorro Independent School District (SISD), has been named the 2022 Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year.


Ramon Benavides, teacher at Del Valle High School in the Ysleta School District (SISD), has been named the 2022 Region 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year.



El Paso, Texas (August, 7, 2021)— Twenty-five area district & charter school teachers of the year competed in a rigorous process for the honor to represent our region at the state level. First, they were selected campus teachers of the year, then selected to represent their district and in the regional competition went through panel interviews and submitted multiple essays as part of their applications. The winners will go on to compete for Texas Teacher of the Year which will be announced later this year. ESC Region 19 has had the honor of having 7 Texas State winners from our region compete nationally.




  • A special encore presentation of the recorded online awards celebration will be aired at 5PM on Saturday, August 14th on the CW television channel.
  • To continue honoring our area teachers, their pictures will featured on billboards across our region.



    -BILLBOARD ON 1-10 NS E/O Campbell St

    8/9/2021-10/31 /2021

     -Digital Poster on Viscount WS N/0 1-10

    8/9/2021-10/31 /2021

     -Digital Poster on Montana SS E/O McRae


    -Bulletin on  US 54 WS S/O Hondo PASS



  • Follow ESC Region 19 on social media as ESC19 will feature extra footage & messages from each of our district/charter teachers of the year throughout the school year as part of honoring & acknowledging all our area teachers. We'll also share backstage and studio photos of the event and teachers.


  • Teachers Federal Credit Union co-sponsorsthe event and awarded the top three teachers in both elementary school and secondary school categories with generous cash prizes.


  • ESC Region 19 streamed a special online LIVE awards celebration on YouTube. Thousands watched LIVE as our prize teams surprised teachers at their homes with flowers and a check from TFCU. 

All the district teachers of the year are outstanding! Judges said it was a very difficult decision to pick the winners.


Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year Top Winners:

  • 1st place: Kelsey Anderson, Socorro ISD
  • 2nd place: Lili Carrasco, Clint ISD
  • 3rd place: Sabina Lazos, Canutillo ISD

Region 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year Top Winners:

  • 1st place: Ramon Benavides, Ysleta ISD
  • 2nd place: Donna G. Siañez, Socorro ISD
  • 3rd place: Gerrardo Torres, El Paso ISD

For more information, pictures and/or watch their videos, visit

Learn more about our passionate teachers by watching them on our ESC19 YouTube Channel as they share their inspiring stories:

Click to be inspired as Teachers Share their personal stories during their Meet & Greet 


Relive all the excitement of our ESC19 Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration by watching the recorded streamed event on our ESC19 YouTube channel:

Click to watch the winners get surprised with their prizes during the Awards Celebration 


We will be airing an Encore Awards Presentation with extended footage at 5PM on the CW channel on August 14, 2021.


District Teachers of the Year featured