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ECISD announces more than $800,000 in Teacher Incentive Allotment payouts for teachers

Laughter. Dancing. Surprise. Tears.

 

Emotions ran the gamut as 120 Ector County ISD teachers learned how much money they will get this year through the state’s Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). In all, ECISD received $879,579 TIA dollars. The 120 teachers who earned incentives are spread across 31 campuses, and their individual awards ranged from $3,145 to $19,525. ECISD is the only Permian Basin school district receiving TIA teacher incentives this year.

 

Thursday morning, Superintendent of Schools Scott Muri hosted an  ECISD Live broadcast and media event at Murry Fly Elementary School where 10 teachers were surprised with their award amounts.

 

“Today is a really, really big deal,” Dr. Muri told a gymnasium full of students and teachers at Fly Elementary. He said several years ago, the state legislature in Texas decided to set aside a large amount of money to recognize the teachers in the state of Texas “that grow kids the most; that are the most effective teachers in our state.”

 

Thus, was born, in 2019, the Teacher Incentive Allotment. The allotment amount per teacher is based on the level of academic growth their students attained, teacher instructional performance, and the percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged students at their school. There are three levels for which a teacher in Texas can qualify: Recognized, Exemplary and Master. In ECISD, 64 teachers are Recognized, 50 are Exemplary, and 6 are at the Master level, which is the highest designation. Not only does a qualifying teacher receive the TIA incentive dollars, they also have the Recognized, Exemplary or Master designation placed on their teaching certificate. 

 

“I am so excited to be one of them,” said Memry White, a fourth-grade teacher and Fly’s Outstanding Teacher for the 2021-22 school year. She earned an Exemplary level designation and a check of more than $9,000. “I didn’t know it was gonna be this much,” she said, “but it’s a really good feeling and I feel so honored to be a part of this.

 

“I think it’s gonna make teachers stay in the job and maybe bring in new teachers. I think it’s an amazing incentive for teachers,” White added.

Christina Carrillo in tears as she receives her check

Following the press conference, Dr. Muri visited five more schools and presented the checks to the six Master level teachers. One of them, Christine Carrillo, a 5th grade math teacher at San Jacinto Elementary earned a bonus of more than $19,000. She called the presentation “emotional and special” and said, “I was trying really hard not to cry, but I didn’t do it, I couldn’t do it,” she said. “I think they even got emotional, too, the kiddos.”

The 10-year veteran teacher added, “It means a lot. The last couple of years I’ve been working long nights and long days for the kiddos and…it’s nice to be recognized and to be valued and to have that Master distinction on my certificate. That means a lot, the fact that your work has been noticed.”

 

The TIA was created by the Texas Legislature as part of House Bill 3 to provide a realistic pathway for top teachers to earn six-figure salaries and to help attract and retain highly effective teachers at traditionally hard-to-staff schools. ECISD began the rigorous TIA application process in the fall of 2019. The teacher’s data is collected one year, then verified by Texas Tech University and reviewed by the Texas Education Agency. The monetary awards are then dispersed the following year. In this first year of ECISD TIA payouts, eligible ECISD teachers are Kindergarten through 8th grade English Language Arts and Math, English I, English II, and Algebra I. Science will be added in the 2022-23 school year, and the district plans to eventually have all content teachers eligible.

 

“I’m extremely proud of the teachers who spend time every single day growing and developing kids,” said Dr. Muri. “[This is] a wonderful way to recognize their accomplishments.”

 

Read more about Teacher Incentive Allotment in ECISD at https://www.ectorcountyisd.org/domain/1039 and more from the state at https://tiatexas.org/.  

3 Milam Elementary teachers jump for joy after receiving their TIA checks

News coverage of ECISD TIA Day

https://www.oaoa.com/local-news/education/ecisd/teachers-get-big-bucks-for-student-growth/

 

https://www.cbs7.com/2022/05/20/ector-county-isd-surprises-teachers-big-way/

 

https://www.newswest9.com/article/news/education/ecisd-rewards-teachers-with-monetary-incentives/513-765aa8d2-2502-4593-b694-4644b901700b

 

 

 

15 Reagan Elementary teachers with TIA checks lined up across the gym

Dowling Elementary teacher reacts with shock as she gets her check

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ector County ISD teachers earning TIA designations and incentives

Barbara Jordan Elementary

CASEY  BOSWELL, Recognized

JENNIFER GAULE, Recognized

ANGIE  KIRK, Recognized

JOLYNN LOGAN, Exemplary

 

Blanton Elementary

MINERVA CHAVEZ, Recognized

TRACI  FUENTES, Exemplary

 

SHEILA BELL, Bonham MS, Recognized

 

MONICA OLIVAS, Bowie MS, Exemplary

 

Burleson Elementary

CINDY  ALMANCE, Recognized

FABIOLA SOTO, Recognized

NANCY VILLANUEVA, Recognized

 

Cameron Elementary

KARINA LIGON, Recognized

RAMONA MATA, Recognized

GRISELDA MUNIZ, Recognized

LIZETTE REY, Recognized

CYNTHIA TALANCON LEAL, Exemplary

DIANA  TAVAREZ, Exemplary

 

STEPHANIE JOHNSON, Carver Early Ed Center, Recognized

 

Crockett Middle School

PRISCILLA CASTRO MOLINA, Recognized

REINA DANICA DELOS REYES, Recognized

MENDE MAYS, Recognized

VALERIE STILES, Recognized

 

Dowling Elementary

SHERYL GARCIA, Master

JUAN NAVARRETE, Exemplary

WHITTNEY NEEMAR, Exemplary

 

EMMA HERNANDEZ, Ector College Prep Academy, Exemplary

 

ROCKY PHILLIPS, E.K. Downing Elementary, Recognized

 

SAMANTHA HUTSON, Blackshear Elementary, Recognized

 

Hays Elementary

MONICA AZCARATE, Recognized

LAURA GARCIA SMITH, Recognized

BETTY  OVERTURF, Master

DEBORAH PINA, Exemplary

ASHLEY ROJO, Recognized

 

Milam Elementary

CHRISTY STARKES, Recognized

ANNALISA ZAPATA, Exemplary

YING    ZHAO, Recognized

 

Reagan Elementary

AMELIA BARNES, Master

CATALINA BOBADILLA, Recognized

JENNIFER CARRASCO, Exemplary

KELLY DAVIS, Exemplary

CONNIE DRAGER, Exemplary

MARIA FIERRO, Recognized

ERIN FRANKLIN, Exemplary

ABBY GANN, Exemplary

JOHANA GONZALEZ, Recognized

ASHLEY HERRINGTON, Exemplary

JENA HOPKINS, Exemplary

MELANIE KEY, Master

JASMIN RODRIGUEZ, Exemplary

TERESA SPEER, Exemplary

BRANDY TAYLOR, Exemplary

TRINICIA WATSON, Exemplary

 

Buddy West Elementary

VICTOR GALVAN GUZMAN, Recognized

NORA GRIJALVA, Exemplary

JOHN LUCIO, Recognized

ISABELLA SOTO, Exemplary

 

Goliad Elementary

NAPOLEON ARMENDARIZ, Recognized

MARIA DELBOSQUE, Recognized

ANITA  MCKAY, Recognized

 

Ireland Elementary

ANGELLE MUNDIA, Exemplary

CHRISTY PATRICK, Exemplary

MARTI SMITH, Recognized

 

LBJ Elementary

ANA AHRENDT, Recognized

PHYLLIS FAULKNER, Recognized

JAMI GATEWOOD, Exemplary

 

Lamar Early Ed Center

ELSA CHACON, Exemplary

ARLENE DENNEY, Recognized

LINA HERNANDEZ, Exemplary

JENNIFER MERRIMAN, Recognized

 

Buice Elementary

SAMANTHA BALLEJO, Recognized

JESSICA BROWN, Recognized

MARY CARRASCO, Exemplary

JENNIFER CONNELL, Recognized

SARA COX, Recognized

DAVID  MORRIS, Exemplary

 

Fly Elementary

MYRANDA CLARK, Exemplary

KIMBERLY FULTON, Recognized

GABRIELA HARRIS, Recognized

JACQUELINE HERNANDEZ GARCIA, Exemplary

ARLEEN LIZARRAGA, Recognized

GRISELDA MONTES, Recognized

ARELY  MONTOYA, Exemplary

DAILYNN PUENTE, Recognized

JEANETTE RODRIGUEZ, Exemplary

MEMREY WHITE, Exemplary

 

Nimitz Middle School

EMMA DOMINGUEZ, Exemplary

KIMBERLY JAMES, Master

ANNABELLE ROCHIN, Exemplary

MICHELLE THOMAS, Exemplary

 

PATRICIA HOLGUIN, Noel Elementary, Recognized

 

JELENE BALLARD, OCTECHS, Exemplary

 

Pease Elementary

LAURIE BRUNER, Exemplary

ANDREA CUE BADIOLA, Recognized

SYDNEY GARCIA, Exemplary

MARIA GONZALEZ, Recognized

SONIA  MARTIN VELICIAS, Exemplary

MATTHEW MAXWELL, Recognized

KRISTIE MENDOZA, Recognized

MARIE RAMOS, Recognized

MAYRA VENEGAS REYNOSO, Recognized

 

Permian High School

JULIE DRAINER, Exemplary

ROLANDO GLORIA, Recognized

TERI RICHARDSON, Recognized

DAWNNA TALLEY, Recognized

VANESSA VAUGHN, Exemplary

 

Ross Elementary

SHEILA WILSON, Recognized

DANA   BATTEN, Recognized

ANDREA BERNDT, Recognized

KELSA  BERTRAND, Exemplary

MADDISON KENNEDY, Recognized

 

Sam Houston Elementary

PEDRO LAGUNA-OJEDA, Recognized

JULIE LOERA, Exemplary

 

San Jacinto Elementary

KAYLEA BROOKS, Exemplary

CARNISHA BROWN, Exemplary

AUDREY CARRASCO, Recognized

CHRISTINE CARRILLO, Master

MARGARET DUTCHOVER, Exemplary

ANDREA SALCIDO, Exemplary

 

Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School

NAYLA CARRASCO, Recognized

KAREN VICORY, Recognized