Teacher of YearSilvia Alonzo, a bilingual reading/language arts teacher at John H. Reagan Elementary School in Oak Cliff, is DISD teacher of the year.

Alonzo was chosen because she instills pride and confidence in her students.

“I encourage them, give them praise and build up their confidence by reminding them of how intelligent they are and how I truly believe they have the power to accomplish great things,” she says.

Alonzo wins $5,000 and was treated to a lunch from Central Market and H.E.B.

Other finalists were Dana Clark, a science teacher at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School; Patrick McGhee, a language arts teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School; Travis Smith, a high school math teacher at Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College at Mountain View College; and Emily Tang an English teacher at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School.