Teachers from each SISD campus were chosen and recognized by their peers with the Mirabeau Lamar Excellence in Teaching Award on May 23 at the W.J. Nixon Masonic Lodge No. 421. Chosen were 2nd Grade Teacher Brande Natal, Brown Primary; Special Education teacher Sara Peterson, Smithville Elementary; 8th Grade Science teacher Amanda Gommert, Smithville Junior High; and 9th Grade English teacher Jennifer Edwards, Smithville High School.
Each teacher received a certificate and a medallion during the ceremony at the Masonic Lodge, in front of members of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star, their peers, school officials and family members.
Supt. Dr. Rock McNulty spoke on reasons these teachers, including Mrs. Natal, were chosen by their peers.
“Mrs. Natal has worked for Smithville ISD for 21 years,” he said. “Her classroom always appears busy at learning, happy and organized. Her students speak highly of her and parents praise her. Mrs. Natal continues to strive to improve and shows leadership daily.”
The teachers received a standing ovation from attendees. The award is sponsored by the Masons.