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New Caney ISD's Sarah Macha among Six Finalists for 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year

Superintendent Kenn Franklin and Infinity Early College High School teacher Sarah Macha. August 22, 2016 | Thinking Innovatively | The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) announced today that Sarah Macha of Infinity Early College High School in New Caney ISD is one of six outstanding educators from across Texas that have been chosen as finalists in the 2017 Texas Teacher of the Year program. A panel of judges composed of representatives of Texas teacher associations and the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year finalists selected the finalists from the 40 Texas Regional Teachers of the Year — one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Texas Education Service Center regions.
 
Macha, named Region 6 Secondary Teacher of the Year earlier this month, will be invited to join the five other finalists in Austin this October for interviews before a panel of judges composed of representatives of educational leadership associations, community and business leaders, a member of the State Board for Educator Certification, a member of the State Board of Education, and prior Texas Teachers of the Year. The panel will select two state-level winners — Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year — and designate one to represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year program. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Oct. 14 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, where the 40 Regional Teachers of the Year will also be recognized.
 
“We could not be more proud of Ms. Macha and the work she is doing with the students of our district,” said New Caney ISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin. “We congratulate her not only for being recognized in this way, but for her dedication to teaching and to her students. Ms. Macha represents the many great teachers in New Caney ISD and across the state who work with children each day to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential for a purposeful and productive life.”  
 
The Texas Teacher of the Year program has honored excellence in classroom education since 1969. The program, facilitated by TASA since 2011, annually recognizes and rewards teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in teaching. In 2015, Texas Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples of Amarillo ISD became the second Texas teacher to be named the National Teacher of the Year.