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GISD TEACHERS OF THE YEAR HONORED AT REGION BANQUET

August 6, 2021 

2021 Granbury ISD Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Granbury ISD were among Fort Worth-area educators honored at a special awards banquet hosted by the Region 11 Education Service Center on August 5, 2021. 

Angela Leisure, who is the Secondary Teacher of the Year, teaches 8th grade English/language arts at Granbury Middle School while Crystal Kemper, the Elementary Teacher of the Year, is a fifth grade teacher at Acton Elementary School. 

Kemper was honored with a “best of category” award for Education Transcending in the Classroom. 

The Region 11 banquet recognizes all of the teachers of the year from school districts in the north central Texas region. The Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators, allows districts to submit one elementary and one secondary candidate to compete at the regional and state levels. Seventy-one teachers, representing 39 school districts in Region 11, participated in this year’s competition. 

District winners who competed for the regional award were required to submit their resume describing their educational history and professional development. In addition, they were asked to complete five lengthy essays detailing their professional biography, a defining lesson they have developed, a special project or initiative they have spearheaded, an example of how they connected students to their community, knowledge of educational issues, and their message/platform should they be selected as the state teacher of the year. The regional selection panel, comprised of teachers (including past regional winners), assistant principals, and central office staff from school districts within Region 11, reviewed and scored all of the essays before selecting the regional winners.