Conexión Del Rio/ SFDRCISD, PIO, Reno Luna, contributor

DEL RIO –During this year’s recent Teacher Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony, San Felipe Del Rio CISD recognized several outstanding elementary and secondary Campus Teachers of the Year and named Janice Marie Segura as the 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year and Adan Cortez III as the 2018 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Janice Marie Segura, who is a 5th grade teacher at Dr. Lonnie Green Elementary, was born into a family of educators and knew from an early age that teaching was in her future. 

Segura is the Team Leader for her grade level cluster and is the campus Spelling UIL coach during UIL season. Mrs. Segura is a veteran teacher of 21 years and takes pride in what she does and shows her compassion for her students through her dedication to her job. She is a 1992 graduate of Del Rio High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1996 from Sul Ross State University. She holds an Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-8) certificate and her area of specialization is in Mathematics. Most recently, Mrs. Segura completed her certification as a GT teacher.  

Chef, Adan Cortez III, is a Hospitality and Tourism teacher at Del Rio High School.  He has an Associates of Applied Sciences from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin (formerly Texas Culinary Academy) (2006) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT Brownsville) (2010). He currently serves his community on two boards and he is an active member at the Community Garden developing cooking classes and summer camps for the youth of Del Rio.  “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day but teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime,” is the approach he takes to teach a love for the Culinary Arts.  

The winners will advance to the Regional Teacher of the Year competition, which is coordinated by Regional Education Service Center 15. Every fall, 40 Regional Teachers of the Year are selected — one elementary and one secondary teacher from each of the 20 Education Service Center regions in Texas. Six finalists are then chosen from among the 40 semifinalists. If successful at the regional level, the Region 15 Teacher of the Year will advance to compete for a top state honor – Texas Teacher of the Year.

Since 1969, the Texas Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues, and the communities they serve.