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ECISD teachers earn $2.4 million in incentives

The second time around, for the Teacher Incentive Allotment saw ECISD more than double the number of teachers and the amount of money received compared to last year. Bigger. Bolder. Better. Indeed. 

Two-hundred fifty-eight (258) ECISD teachers earned more than $2.4 million in incentives. This is a significant increase from the 120 teachers and $879,000 received by the district a year ago. The 258 teachers represent 38 ECISD schools, and their individual awards ranged from $3,351 to $20,328. In ECISD, five teachers earned more than $20,000 and seven earned more than $19,000.

Friday morning, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Muri hosted an ECISD Live broadcast and media event at Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School where 11 teachers, the most of any ECISD middle school, were surprised with their awards.

““It’s powerful to recognize and honor our most effective teachers in this very profound way,” said Dr. Muri. “This just isn’t a 50-dollar gift card because they’ve done a good job, this is significant money that recognizes the incredible work of highly effective, highly skilled teachers.”

The Teacher Incentive Allotment was created by the Texas Legislature in 2019, as part of House Bill 3, to provide a realistic pathway for top teachers to earn six-figure salaries and to help attract and retain highly effective teachers at traditionally hard-to-staff schools. The allotment amount per teacher is based on the level of academic growth their students attained, teacher instructional performance, and the percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged students at their school.

There are three levels for which a teacher in Texas can qualify: Recognized, Exemplary and Master. In ECISD, 105 teachers are Recognized (up from 64 a year ago), 110 are Exemplary (up from 50 a year ago), and 43 are at the Master level (up from 6 a year ago), which is the highest designation.

“Our theme for this year has been ‘Level Up’,” said Dr. Muri. “Our teachers obviously took that challenge to heart. In addition to 183 more teachers earning TIA designations this year, we had 34 of last year’s teachers improve their TIA designation. Of those, 5 jumped up two designations from Recognized to Master.”

One of those teachers is Sara Cox, a math teacher and Multi-classroom Leader at Wilson & Young MS. “I was surprised I hit Masters and I was just really proud of that,” said Sara. “It’s the culmination of having a really great team when I was in elementary and this year. I have an amazing team and I have an amazing group of kids.”

Not only does a qualifying teacher receive the TIA incentive dollars, they also have the Recognized, Exemplary or Master designation placed on their teaching certificate. The designation remains in place for five years.

Following the press conference, Dr. Muri visited ten more schools and presented the checks to more than 100 teachers. Audrey Carrasco, a 3rd-grade teacher at San Jacinto Elementary earned one of the $20,000 incentives – one of three SJ teachers to earn that amount. She said the key is setting high expectations. “[I want] them to understand, if I can meet my goals they can meet their goals, too. It’s not really necessarily the money, it’s just the kids. I really enjoy the kiddos.”

ECISD began the rigorous TIA application process in 2019. The teacher’s data is collected one year, then verified by Texas Tech University and reviewed by the Texas Education Agency. The monetary awards are then dispersed the following year. In this second year of TIA payouts, eligible ECISD teachers are Kindergarten through 8th grade English Language Arts; Math, English I, English II, and Algebra I; PreK-4; and 3rd grade through 8th grade Science. ECISD adds additional subjects to eligibility each year.

“It’s a great incentive, people talk about it,” said Sara from Wilson & Young. “We work really hard anyway, but this is a great way to keep us pushing to get better and better and better every year.”

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Ector County ISD teachers earning TIA designations and incentives

Austin Montessori

Paulina Contreras, Recognized

Ivette Suchil, Recognized

Violeta Gonzalez Salazar, Exemplary

Guadalupe Portillo, Exemplary

Amy Richter, Exemplary

Reagan Riley, Exemplary

Verenice Sevilla, Exemplary


Blackshear Elementary

Ora Christian, Recognized

Norma Galindo, Recognized

Olga Hernandez, Recognized

Samantha Hutson, Recognized

Dave Machuca , Recognized

Lelia Ramirez, Recognized

Ashley Redman, Recognized

Beatrice Sosa, Recognized


Blanton Elementary

Leesa Harrington, Recognized

Quinesha Johnson, Recognized

Jasmine Bryant, Exemplary

Leona Colling, Exemplary

Monica Nieto, Exemplary

Della Ornelas, Exemplary

Minerva Chavez, Master

Traci Fuentes, Master


Bonham Middle School

Siara Alderete, Recognized

Samantha Baker, Exemplary

Carnisha Brown, Exemplary

Kelly Debouse, Exemplary


Bowie Middle School

Rexana Hughes, Recognized

David Lee, Exemplary

Monica Olivas, Exemplary


Buice Elementary

Jennifer Connell, Recognized

Mabel Gutierrez, Recognized

Amy Price, Recognized

Donna Reese, Recognized

Catherine Sharp, Recognized

Kimberlie Snyder, Recognized

Jessica Brown, Exemplary

Maria Costilla, Exemplary

Margarita Grimsley, Exemplary

Crystal Mineo, Exemplary

Wendy Ramirez, Exemplary

Tenille Reed, Exemplary

Stephanie Clark, Master


Burleson Elementary

Nancy Villanueva, Exemplary


Burnet Elementary

Catherine Caruso, Master

Robin Peterson, Master

Diana Richardson, Master


Cameron Elementary

Jennifer Hernandez, Recognized

Chon Lee, Recognized

Karina Ligon, Recognized

Jessica Martinez, Recognized

Ramona Mata, Recognized

Teri McLeod, Recognized

Griselda Muniz, Recognized

Lizette Rey, Recognized

Cynthia Talancon Leal, Exemplary

Diana Tavarez, Exemplary


Carver Early Education Center

Stephanie Johnson, Recognized


Cavazos Elementary

Araceli Martinez, Recognized

Adriana Renteria, Recognized

Josep Sanchez Mari, Recognized

Kristy Winchell, Recognized

Aaron Carrillo, Exemplary

Anna Garcia, Exemplary

Windy Quilodran, Exemplary


Crockett Middle School

Priscilla Castro Molina, Recognized

Reina Danica Delos Reyes, Recognized

Tamara Smith, Recognized


Dowling Elementary

Gabriel Chavez, Recognized

Whittney Neemar, Exemplary

Sheryl Garcia, Master


E.K. Downing Elementary

Rocky Phillips, Recognized

Beth Pittmon, Recognized


Fly Elementary

Deisy Aguirre Galindo, Recognized

Veronica Garcia, Recognized

Alejandro Munoz, Recognized

Dailynn Puente, Recognized

Karen Reyna, Recognized

America Baeza, Exemplary

Gloria Cisneros, Exemplary

Sylvia Feil, Exemplary

Kimberly Fulton, Exemplary

Gabriela Harris, Exemplary

Jacqueline Hernandez Garcia, Exemplary

Griselda Montes, Exemplary

Arely Ramirez, Exemplary

Gladisol Tarin, Exemplary

Sandra Valenzuela Quezada, Exemplary

Myranda Clark, Master

Myrna Hernandez, Master

Arely Montoya, Master

Bianca Ramirez Caro, Master

Jeanette Rodriguez, Master

Kara Stribling, Master

Memrey White, Master


Gale Pond Alamo Elementary STEAM Academy

Stacie Ahrlett, Recognized

Ariam Solis, Recognized

Elizabeth Ashmore, Exemplary

Kristina Carrasco, Exemplary

Angela Friday, Exemplary

Jennifer Natividad, Exemplary

Brittani Espino , Master

Christa Miller, Master


Goliad Elementary

Napoleon Armendariz , Recognized

Anita Mckay, Recognized

Neftali Salgado, Recognized

Cristina Vidal, Recognized

Maria Alvarez Fernandez, Exemplary

Maria Delbosque, Exemplary

Melissa Johnson, Exemplary

Gabriel Mendez, Exemplary

Juan Navarrete, Exemplary

Leslianne Prince,   Exemplary

Amanda Tijerina, Exemplary


Gonzales Elementary

Keri Rivas, Recognized


Hays STEAM Academy

Monica Azcarate, Recognized

Laura Garcia Smit, Recognized

Karla Guzman, Recognized

Erika Pocaterra, Recognized

Ashley Rojo, Recognized

Deborah Pina, Exemplary


Ireland Elementary

Edward Corrales, Recognized

Irma Lopez, Recognized

Crystalina Nealy, Recognized

Marti Smith, Recognized

Alexis Lopez, Exemplary

Angelle Mundia, Exemplary

Nereida Nieto, Exemplary

Christy Patrick, Exemplary


Johnson Elementary

Phyllis Faulkner, Recognized

Madison Ross, Recognized

Jami Gatewood, Exemplary

Brooke Sparkman, Exemplary


Jordan Elementary

Kary Bailey, Recognized

Casey Boswell, Recognized

Jennifer Gaule, Recognized

Candace Rey, Recognized

Angie Kirk, Exemplary

Jolynn Logan, Exemplary


Lamar Early Education Center

Arlene Denney, Recognized

Jennifer Merriman, Recognized

Lina Hernandez, Exemplary

Elsa Chacon, Master


Milam Elementary

Clarice Crisostomo, Recognized

Enedina Lozano, Recognized

Laura Merono Coello, Recognized

Lorena Carrasco, Exemplary

Casandra Contreras, Exemplary

Dania Flack, Exemplary

Christy Starkes, Exemplary

Morayma Valverde, Exemplary

Annalisa Zapata, Exemplary

Veronica Pena, Master


Nimitz Middle School

Jessica Alba, Recognized

Casey Alexander, Recognized

Michelle McNeill, Recognized

Melodi Rivera, Recognized

Hugo Stierholz , Recognized

Priscilla Torres, Recognized

Emma Dominguez, Exemplary

Annabelle Rochin, Exemplary

Michelle Thomas, Exemplary

Kimberly James, Master


Noel Elementary

Irma Rizo, Recognized

Laura Roman, Recognized

Bianca Sanchez, Recognized

Sheila Wilson, Exemplary

Dana Batten, Master

Bailey Haney, Master

Patricia Holguin, Master



Danielle Jones, Recognized

Jelene Ballard, Exemplary


Odessa Collegiate Academy

Lydia Roundtree, Recognized

Anneliese Espinoza, Exemplary

Kelsey Worthy, Exemplary


Odessa High School

Josefina Cooper, Recognized


Pease Elementary

Maria Gonzalez, Recognized

Matthew Maxwell, Recognized

Michelle Aguilar, Exemplary

Selena Baeza, Exemplary

Rocio Castillo, Exemplary

Evelyn Frausto, Exemplary

Aida Garcia, Exemplary

Heather Lovett, Exemplary

Kristie Mendoza, Exemplary

Jaclyn Perrin, Exemplary

Mayra Venegas Reynoso, Exemplary

Laurie Bruner, Master

Shadiana Haney, Master

Rocio Luna, Master

Maria Ramirez-Garza, Master

Sonia Velicias, Master


Permian High School

Rolando Gloria, Recognized

Marie Ramos, Recognized

Dawnna Talley, Recognized

Robert Wills, Recognized

Vanessa Vaughn, Exemplary


Reagan Elementary

Maria Fierro, Recognized

Ruth Garcia, Recognized

Johana Gonzalez, Recognized

Patricia Holguin, Recognized

Brittany Looney, Recognized

Jennifer Carrasco, Exemplary

W Darlene Carrell, Exemplary

Kelly Davis, Exemplary

Connie Drager, Exemplary

Erin Franklin, Exemplary

Abby Gann, Exemplary

Brandy Taylor, Exemplary

Trinicia Watson, Exemplary

Maricela Young, Exemplary

Amelia Barnes, Master

Catalina Bobadilla, Master

Anese Forsyth, Master

Ashley Herrington, Master

Jena Hopkins, Master

Melanie Key, Master

Jasmin Rodriguez, Master

Benjie Rosaldo , Master

Teresa Speer, Master


Ross Elementary

Melisa Burnett, Recognized

Maddison Kennedy, Recognized

Andrea Berndt, Exemplary

Kelsa Bertrand , Exemplary

Jennifer Cooper, Exemplary

Rhonda Beaman, Master

Juliana Denadai, Master

Leeanne Shackelford, Master


Sam Houston Elementary

Cindy Almance, Exemplary

Julie Loera, Exemplary


San Jacinto Elementary

Destiny Ramirez, Recognized

Kaylea Brooks, Exemplary

Margaret Dutchover, Exemplary

Klarissa Salgado, Exemplary

Audrey Carrasco, Master

Christine Carrillo, Master

Andrea Salcido, Master


STEM Academy at UTPB

Angelica Ruiz, Exemplary


Travis Elementary

Consuelo Soto, Recognized

Mary Ramos, Exemplary


West Elementary

Sarah Burton, Recognized

Victor Galvan Guzman, Recognized

John Lucio, Recognized

Elizabeth Mcnabb, Recognized

Ambrosia Rodriguez, Recognized

Nora Grijalva, Exemplary

Isabella Soto, Exemplary


Wilson & Young Medal of Honor Middle School

Jorge Molinar, Recognized

Amy Pena, Recognized

Ruby Brown, Exemplary

Nayla Carrasco, Exemplary

Julie Drainer, Exemplary

D'andra Hendricks, Exemplary

Lindsay Jonas, Exemplary

Jinsi Shu, Exemplary

Karen Vicory, Exemplary

Mary Carrasco, Master

Sara Cox, Master