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Texas Title Won by ESC Region 19 Teacher of the Year

Texas Teacher of the Year Michelle Sandoval

(Texas/ESC Region 19 Teacher of the Year Michelle Sandoval pictured with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. Photo by TEA.)

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(Austin, TX) – October 25, 2019 – Michelle Sandoval, ESC Region 19 Secondary Teacher of the Year, was named Texas' top secondary teacher of the year by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) in Austin on October 25th. She received a cash award and a commemorative trophy.

“Transparency is everything in education. When you are a real human in front of your students, you earn respect,” said Michelle Sandoval, 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. “My only wish is that when I am transparent with them and show them that I too was from Northeast El Paso with a middle-class working family, that they too can be successful. I hope I can give them the key to their dreams with simple lessons on the fundamentals of money.”

Sandoval has taught eighth-grade math at Parkland Middle School for the past year of her 10-year teaching career. She serves as the Student Council sponsor and volleyball coach on her campus. Sandoval is proud to be teaching at her alma mater and to be from the El Paso community.

To achieve recognition as Texas Elementary or Secondary Teacher of the Year, a teacher must first be chosen as a campus and district teacher of the year, then a regional honoree. From the group of 40 regional teachers of the year, six finalists are chosen and interviewed by an independent panel of judges composed of representatives of education associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas Teachers of the Year.

ESC Region 19's wining teachers were selected as top 3 finalists in both elementary and secondary categories. Both Sandoval, from YISD, and R19 Elementary Teacher of the Year Perla Lozoya, from Socorro ISD, were honored in Austin with a luncheon and were accompanied by their families and school administrators.


Texas Top 6 finalist for Teacher of the Year


The state’s top elementary and secondary teachers are selected from these six finalists, and the Texas nominee for National Teacher of the Year is chosen from the top two winners. ESC Region 19 now has had 7 teachers win a Texas title since 2004.

• Check out our Hall of Fame Teacher of the Year webpage for addtional details.


• See a complete list of our area's top teachers and learn more about their outstanding work in our Teacher of the Year website section.