9th AnnualAcademic Recognition BanquetMay 6, 2021
The Granbury ISD Education Foundation honored the top 25 students in the Granbury High School Class of 2021 during the seventh annual Academic Recognition Banquet on May 6, 2021, at La Bella Luna. The banquet also included the students honoring the Granbury ISD employees who most influenced their education.
The GISD employees were not just from the high school, as the group also currently works at Acton Elementary School and the GISD technology department. Some were retired educators who previously taught in the school district.
In a fitting end to the nationally-observed Teacher Appreciation Week, the teachers and other employees were honored with the reading of a statement written by each student about the impact that they have made not only on their education but also their life.
Students and district employees honored were:
Most Impactful GISD Employee
Cindy Jackson, GHS science teacher
Deborah Ottaway, retired Mambrino School teacher
Danielle Parsons, GISD technology director and former Acton Middle School teacher
Jacqueline Bradshaw, GHS English teacher
Emma Grace Brown
Shanna McPherson, Acton Elementary School teacher
Ashley Benson, Granbury High School teacher and softball coach
Jana Reid, GHS English teacher
Joe Overstreet, GHS anatomy and physiology teacher
David Winkleman, GHS social studies teacher and soccer coach
Brianne Langdon, GHS culinary teacher
Kayli Morris, GHS science teacher
Steve Ward, GHS teacher and golf coach
Cindy Leatherman, GHS social studies teacher
Casey Hallmark, GHS substitute teacher and former health science teacher
Claudia Hurst, GHS counselor
Sydney Mitchell, GHS teacher and soccer coach
Jose Ochoa, GHS math teacher
Kendra Shirley, GISD homebound teacher
Shari Guthery, retired Acton Elementary School teacher
Tammy Bodine, Granbury High School accounting teacher
Todd Gibson, GHS engineering teacher
Deneen Carter, Acton Elementary School teacher and GHS swim coach
Donna Morgan, GHS science teacher
Melissa Knight, GHS social studies teacher and student council sponsor
Cari Morisette, GHS health science teacher
Kendra Fisher, GHS choir director
Kerek Hogg, GHS social studies teacher
Underwriting this year’s banquet were First National Bank of Granbury and Hard Eight BBQ. Providing desserts were Baked and the GHS culinary program. Lakeside Baptist Church printed the programs.
The GEF’s mission is creating opportunities to invest, encourage, and support educational excellence in GISD. The foundation is designed to be a community effort bringing donations from businesses, civic groups, and individuals to fund innovative teaching grants, student scholarships, and academic achievement for GISD students. GEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization created for the benefit of the school district’s students and staff members and will provide funding not allocated by tax dollars.