Somerset ISD, Texas, Receives $50,000 District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness

November 10, 2020

Somerset ISD Reacts to Surprise 2020 NIET District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness
NIET, Somerset ISD Participate in Roundtable about Progress
Inside Barrera Veterans Elementary School
Inside Somerset High School
Somerset ISD Reacts to Surprise 2020 NIET District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness
NIET, Somerset ISD Participate in Roundtable about Progress
Inside Barrera Veterans Elementary School
Inside Somerset High School
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Somerset ISD Reacts to Surprise 2020 NIET District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness

NIET leaders and Somerset ISD district and school leaders cheer as NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken (top row, third from left) and CEO Dr. Candice McQueen (top row, far left) announce the Somerset as the 2020 recipient of the District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness.

"Your advancements in educator effectiveness and student achievement just don't happen. They require intense focus, work, careful design, and execution," said Milken. "You are changing the trajectory of young people's lives. I applaud you for all that you've accomplished, and for all that you will accomplish in the future."

"Instructional excellence and high expectations are the cornerstone to your student achievement," said Dr. McQueen. "The most effective way to move to support students best is to have a high-quality teacher in front of them every day. You have spotlighted that for the rest of the country."

Participants pictured from left to right:

Top row: NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen; NIET Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communications Sara Gast; NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken; and NIET President and COO Dr. Joshua Barnett.

Second row: Somerset Elementary School Teacher Elizabeth Sanchez; Somerset Elementary School Principal Tracy Padilla; NIET Texas Senior Specialist Amber Simpson; and Somerset ISD Associate Superintendent Sheila Collazo.

Third row: NIET Vice President of Virtual and Learning Technology Services Stephanie Mosqueda; Somerset ISD Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa; Somerset ISD Master Teacher/English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator Dr. Anita Pickett; and NIET Senior Vice President of Services Vicky Condalary.

Bottom row: Somerset ISD Chief Academic Officer Kriesti Bunch; Master Teacher/Elementary English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator Dr. Teresa Sellers; Somerset High School Principal Justin Saunders; and Somerset High School Teacher Tiffany Cruz Barquero.

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

NIET, Somerset ISD Participate in Roundtable about Progress

As district and school leaders were called to gather for a roundtable on progress, no one had a clue that the event would end with the news of Somerset Independent School District receiving NIET's 2020 District Award of Excellence for Educator Effectiveness. NIET presents the national award to one district annually.

Somerset ISD Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa describes the impact the partnership with NIET has had in his district. "We had some failing schools and were looking for the magic potion. We found NIET, and within one year had a complete turnaround on campus, beginning with Somerset Jr. High," he said. "Not only did students improve, but teacher retention also improved. We expanded to a second campus, and sure enough in that second year, we saw complete turnaround in the district."

Today, Somerset ISD implements NIET's TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement districtwide.

Pictured from left to right:

Top row: NIET CEO Dr. Candice McQueen; NIET Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communications Sara Gast; NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken; and NIET President and COO Dr. Joshua Barnett.

Second row: Somerset Elementary School Teacher Elizabeth Sanchez; Somerset Elementary School Principal Tracy Padilla; NIET Texas Senior Specialist Amber Simpson; and Somerset ISD Associate Superintendent Sheila Collazo.

Third row: NIET Vice President of Virtual and Learning Technology Services Stephanie Mosqueda; Somerset ISD Superintendent Dr. Saul Hinojosa; Somerset ISD Master Teacher/English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator Dr. Anita Pickett; and NIET Senior Vice President of Services Vicky Condalary.

Bottom row: Somerset ISD Chief Academic Officer Kriesti Bunch; Master Teacher/Elementary English Language Arts and Reading Coordinator Dr. Teresa Sellers; Somerset High School Principal Justin Saunders; and Somerset High School Teacher Tiffany Cruz Barquero.

 

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

Inside Barrera Veterans Elementary School

Inside Barrera Veterans Elementary School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."

Inside Somerset High School

Inside Somerset High School

All photos should be credited to the "National Institute for Excellence in Teaching."