PT Honors Annual Banquet

2018 Beacon Award Winners will be announced this spring

PT Honors

Thursday, May 3, 2018

6:00 pm

The Summit Club

Longview, TX 75605

The Pine Tree Education Foundation established the annual Beacon Awards and Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award for the purpose of recognizing district employees who have made a life changing impression on a student during their time in Pine Tree schools. The Beacon Award Winners and The Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award Winner and Teachers of the Year are honored at the annual PT Honors Banquet.  

2018 Sponsors 

Captain Sponsors
Texas bank and Trust

Family of Regen Stiles

Pearl Sponsor 

Jim and Leah Finley, Harper and Hudson

Friend of Alumni

The Clowers Company

  • Laura Johns, Primary Music Teacher
    Kelly Fisher, Birch Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
    Amanda Fleming, Parkway Elementary Front Office Assistant
    Misti Scaggs, Parkway Elementary 1st-4th Grade Art Teacher
    Lori Dunaway, Middle School Social Studies and Art Teacher
    Coach Paul Ellsworth, Junior High Texas History Teacher and Coach
    Elizabeth White, High School Art and Photography Teacher
    Maria Fierros, High School Child Nutrition
    Lindsay Brazell, High School English Teacher
    Aaron Turner, Assistant Director of Bands  
  • 2016-2017 Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award Winner
    Kelly Fisher Birch Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Primary - Amanda Kraus
    Birch Elementary - Kelly Fisher
    Parkway Elementary- Hope Pearce *District Elementary Teacher of the Year
    Middle - JoLynn McKnight
    Junior High - Jennifer Mitchell *District Secondary Teacher of the Year
    High School - Melissa Knight
    ExCEL - Mary Caci Brinkley
    P.A.C.E – Randy Castleberry 
  • How are the awards determined? 
    Current Pine Tree students make nominations in the form of an essay sharing how a teacher or school employee has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. This is an opportunity for students to express themselves in writing, and to say “thank you” to a special person for making a difference in their lives. 

    Who may be nominated?

    Students are encouraged to write about any district employee (ex: teacher, librarian, coach, principal, cafeteria employee, bus driver, custodian) on their campus. All entries received at the PTEF office by the deadline are judged by a qualified panel of judges, based on a specific criteria. 

    When is the deadline for turning in essays?

    Teachers may schedule writing essays as time permits. The deadline for this contest is February 2, 2018.

    Selection of Winners:  

    No doubt, it is an incredibly difficult task to pick only a few winners from among so many outstanding employees. However, after receiving the essays from the campuses, a Foundation committee is assigned to read the tributes and select winning essays. These employees and the student essay writers will be honored at the PT Honors Annual Banquet. One of the honorees will be selected to receive the prestigious Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award.

    Criteria for judging was based on:

    Compelling nature of teacher's or staff members inspiring qualities, sincerity of student's appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing. 

    When and how will the nominees be honored? 

    The nominated persons and the students writing the winning essays are recognized at the PT Honors Award Dinner.

    Highlights from each winning essay will be used. Photographs of the student and honoree are used in various publications and on the campus of the honorees. Each of the student authors of the winning essays and the teacher or staff member will receive a a special award acknowledging their achievement. 

The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.

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