2017 Texas Teachers of the Year

  • On October 14, 2016, TASA named Allison Ashley, a bilingual education teacher in Austin ISD, the 2017 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Deborah Campbell, a speech and credit recovery teacher in San Angelo ISD, the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.

    Allison Ashley Friedlander, 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year

    Allison Ashley “One of the most powerful things educators can do is model for students a love of learning, an eagerness for and appreciation of feedback, a transparent sharing of goals, and the vulnerability to fail and try again,” said Allison Ashley Friedlander, 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year, who holds a master’s degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    “When a commitment to learning and growth mindset are explicitly modeled and taught for students in authentic ways, it contributes to a class environment where students are more willing to take risks, fail, revisit and revise work, and strive for continuous improvement.”

    The 2016-17 school year is Friedlander’s seventh year teaching bilingual education in Austin ISD, where she has taught at both Perez and Becker elementary schools. Friedlander began her teaching career in the Rio Grande Valley, teaching in the Brownsville and Edinburg school districts.

    She has implemented Academic Parent Teacher Teams and served on her campus advisory council as well as the Austin ISD District Advisory Council. In 2015-16, she was an Aspiring School Leaders Fellow for Teach for America and served as a National Teacher Fellow for the Hope Street Group, working on a project related to teacher preparation programs in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education. A National Board Certified Teacher, Friedlander mentors National Board Certification candidates in Teach for America and Austin ISD cohort programs. She received the Leadership in Education Award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2011.
     
    Friedlander was selected to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program as Texas Teacher of the Year. 
     
    See her Teacher of the Year video, produced by Austin ISD.
     
    See KVUE Austin's TV coverage of Friedlander and the Texas Teacher of the Year awards ceremony.

    Deborah Campbell, 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year 

    Deborah Campbell

    “I do my best to encourage students to step outside preconceived expectations and the misguided skepticisms of others — even loved ones — to get in touch with finding more than a dream. I challenge them to find a destiny,” said Deborah Campbell, 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year, who teaches speech and serves as the San Angelo Central High School Credit Recovery program coordinator and lead teacher.

    “Almost daily, you will find me asking students, ‘WHY do you need this diploma? What were you meant to do? How will you use the diploma to get there?’ If they know the ‘why,’ they will come to school, they will fight through the hardships, and they will value the necessity of their education as a means to a successful end,” she said. “Knowing they will take it further is what drives me to be persistent and persevere.”

    Campbell is a 20-year veteran educator who has taught in San Angelo ISD her entire career. She holds a master’s degree in communication systems management from Angelo State University, and serves as a rotating communications post-secondary instructor for Park University. She served on a State Board for Educator Certification committee that developed a new exit exam for teacher candidates as well as on a Texas Education Agency committee that wrote the standards for teaching speech in Texas. 

    See Campbell's Teacher of the Year video, produced by San Angelo ISD.

     
     
    Contact: Jennifer Garrido, Texas Teacher of the Year Coordinator

2017 Texas Elementary & Secondary Teachers of the Year

  • On October 14, 2016, TASA named Allison Ashley Friedlander, a bilingual education teacher in Austin ISD, as the 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Deborah Campbell, a speech and credit recovery program teacher in San Angelo ISD, as the 2017 Secondary Teacher of the Year. Friedlander was chosen to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition. Learn more.