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East Central’s Stephanie Sanders wins Trinity Prize
Stephanie Sanders (center), a science and technology teacher at East Central High School, receives recognition April 15 during the East Central Independent School District board meeting. Sanders has received the prestigious Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching award. She is joined by Superintendent Gary Patterson and board member Dell Braziel.
EAST CENTRAL -- When the board of trustees met for its regular monthly meeting April 15, a special teacher was in attendance to receive some much-deserved credit.
Beginning in the early 1980s, the Department of Education at Trinity University began awarding the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching to teachers from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 that they determined were “truly outstanding.” Acknowledged throughout the area as a prestigious hallmark of dedication and commitment, the award is given to just two or three educators each year. This year, East Central High School teacher Stephanie Sanders received the honor, making her just the third East Central ISD teacher to ever win the award.
Sanders is a third-year teacher at East Central High School. She serves as the physics lead teacher and directs all STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. Principal Roland Toscano said she models effective physics instruction, mentors other teachers, facilitates instructional design meetings, coaches teams of students, and has been awarded multiple grants. He said her students “always feel encouraged, inspired, fulfilled, and ready to take on the next challenge.” She is also preparing her STEM club to mentor and coach third-grade students at John Glenn Elementary School as they build their own robots.
“To say the least, Stephanie Sanders is an extraordinary employee, an exemplary ambassador for public education, and an even better person,” Toscano wrote in a letter announcing her award.
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