Teacher of the Year

2016-2017 Recipients

Leslie Ruckel - Few Primary
Karen Robins - Few Primary 
Rachel Alvis - Jasper Junior High
Ardis Matthews - Jasper High School 


  • Application Deadline - April 7th 2017

  • Submit applications:
    • via hard copy to the campus principal
    • via hard copy to the JPS Foundation, 
      • P.O. Box 2243
      • Jasper, Texas 75951
    • via electronic copy (pdf. format) to Jamie White

2016-2017    2015-2016 
Rachel Alvis Jasper Jr High   Kim Collins Parnell Elementary 
Ardis Matthews Jasper High School   Elaine Harrison  Parnell Elementary 
Karen Robins Few Primary   Leanne Simmons  Jasper Jr High 
Leslie Ruckel Few Primary   Marianne Sumrall Jasper High School 
2014 - 2015    2012-2013 
Susan Wright Few Primary
Kristin Dimitry Few Primary
Margaret Kneese      Parnell Elementary         Rebecca Dougharty   Parnell Elementary
Becky Pickering Jasper High School   Debra Cordova Jasper Jr High
Donald Romano Jasper High School   Dianne Pace Jasper Jr High
2013 - 2014   2011-2012 
Lori Burton Few Primary   Celicia McCarter Few Primary
Bonita Todd Parnell Elementary   Shannon Stott Parnell Elementary
Lindsay Jeansonne Jasper Jr High   Sheila Guillory Jasper Jr High
Linda O'Brien Jasper High School   Kim Hines Jasper High School


The JISD Teacher of the Year program recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation within the Jasper Independent School District. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. With the help of a generous patron, the Jasper Public Schools Foundation plans to award four JISD teachers (two elementary, two secondary) with $1,000.00 each in appreciation of their dedication to the students of JISD.  An additional $250.00 will go toward a sponsorship of a classroom project of their choice in relation to the Give a Gift program.  Recipients' professional accomplishments will be celebrated with the promotion of their accomplishments in the news media.  An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the school year to recognize the recipients of this award.   

Nomination Process

To be eligible to receive the award, certified teachers must be nominated by parents, teachers, students, community members, or school district administrators. Because the purpose of this program is to recognize the contributions of Jasper ISD teachers, those staff members whose assignments are administrative or supervisory are ineligible. Nominees must have daily face-to-face contact with students. Teachers in Pre-K through Grade 12 who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least one year are eligible for nomination. Teachers in special services such as Special Education, lab teachers, speech therapists, guidance counselors, librarians, etc. are also eligible. Completed nomination forms must be submitted via hard copy to campus principal, via hard copy to JPS Foundation, P.O. Box 2243, Jasper, Texas 75951, or via electronci copy (pdf. format) to Jamie White, jamie.white@jasperisd.net

Selection Process

The Jasper Public School Foundation Board will review all applications as submitted from the five main JISD campuses.  Using the criteria listed below, the JPS Foundation Board will consider the nominees based on this information.  Campus principals will be able to provide any additional information such as unsolicited letters of support that is collected at their level.  The names of all of the nominees will be redacted during the review process to provide a level of anonymity in the selection process.

1. Personal educational philosophy
2. Demonstrated ability to inspire students' love of learning
3. Creation of innovative projects or programs
4. Commitment to community
5. Goals for their classroom
6. Positive qualities they see in education, and changes they would like to see made to strengthen and improve teaching
7. Professional Development
8. Testing benchmarks
9. Principal Recommendation / Statement


March, 2017:                     Initiate promotion of Teacher of the Year program.

March - April:            Accept nominations (Deadline, TBA).

April:                       JPS Screening Committee meets to review nominations, contact those selected as finalists and ask for additional information relating to the criteria listed in Personal History and Philosophy of candidate form.

April-May:                               Final selections made by JPS Foundation board.

May:                                        Awards Luncheon honoring the finalists and winners of JISD Teacher of the Year Awards.