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GISD Stemposium

Although the first annual GISD STEMposium was a showcase and not a formal competition, there was a “best of show” award based on a popular vote. Congratulations to the following winners!

1st Place: Car Jets - Vyson Gomez & Trenton Davis
2nd Place: RoboDog - Bristol Polk
3rd Place: VEX Vehicles - Junior High Robotics Team

Leopard Pride

Senior drummer Miguel Covarrubias first met Jeremiah, who is visually impaired, after the band performance at Chalmers earlier this month. Jeremiah loves drumming, so Miguel gave him his sticks from his last GHS performance, and autographed them for Jeremiah during the senior hall walk.
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GISD Spanish Spelling Bee

GISD held the first annual Spanish Spelling Bee on Thursday, May 23. Contests were held at the campus level prior to the District Bee. The top three from each grade were invited to attend the District Bee and compete for the title of District Spanish Spelling Bee champion. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

1st place: Johany Marin, 7th grade
2nd place: Danna Garcia, 3rd grade
3rd place: Ivan Zamora, 3rd grade

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the GISD 2019 Elementary Teacher of the year, Sharlene Bryan! Mrs. Bryan has been teaching 2nd grade at Chalmers Elementary for the past 7 years. During her 14 years teaching at GISD, she has also taught Kindergarten and First grade. Thank you Mrs. Bryan for your dedication to your students!

Secondary Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to the GISD 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year, Mr. Francisco Bermudez! Francisco has been teaching math at GJH for two years, first in 7th grade and this year in 8th grade, and also coaches soccer. Although he has only been at GJH for a short time, he has created tremendous positive relationships with the teachers and students. His students are able to make tremendous progress due to his efforts. Thank you Coach Bermudez for all that you do!


We celebrated 10 retirees who have collectively dedicated 189 years to GISD and an incredible 252 years to education. Congratulations to all and thank you for your service!
Kenneth Coolen
Cary Jenkins
Deri David
Lou Jordan
Maribel Perez
Marla Bentley
Kim Otto
Dee Dee Godi
Brenda Rice
Gary Damron

Campus Teachers of the Year

This year, we recognized one teacher at each campus as the campus teacher of the year. Each campus teacher of the year was eligible for district teacher of the year.
Edison Elementary: Jamie Blumberg
Chalmers Elementary: Sharlene Bryan
Robert E. Lee Intermediate: Wayne Molsbee
Gainesville Junior High: Francisco Bermudez
Gainesville High School: Bruce Davis

Achievement in Excellence

Throughout the year, GISD employees are recognized as Teachers and Employees of the Month. However, we know we have many more employees that deserve recognition. The Achievement in Excellence awards is designed to give parents, students, community members, and staff the opportunity to nominate any employee who models our core values, which are character, commitment, and courage. This year, more than 130 nominations were submitted for 84 different employees. After careful review by the leadership committee, consideration was given to those that are a true model of our core values. They were each presented with a GISD Coin of Excellence

April Burgess, Chalmers & Lee Tech
Asher Azad, GHS Chemistry Teacher
Ashley Dill, Facilitator
Britni Dulock, Chalmers Nurse
Catalina Mendez, Admin Custodian
David Glancy, GJH Principal
Jodie Templin, Chalmers Cafeteria Manager
Justin Burrow, GHS Teacher
Krista Beal, GJH Associate Principal
LJ Searcy, GJH Coach/Teacher
Kevin Bentley, Lee Social Studies Teacher
Pablo DeSantiago, Edison Principal
Randy Firth, GHS Life Skills Teacher
Traci Broom, GHS Ag Science Teacher

5 years of service

Tamara Arands, James Baldwin, Krista Beal, Cindy Bracy, Kenny Cantrell, Bruce Davis, Pablo DeSantiago, Ryan Firth, Miranda Ford, Christopher Glover, Sutton Hennessy, Kody Kennedy, Christina Phillips, Holly Price, Kristan Ratliff, Jacqueline Reyes, Shelton Price

10 years of service

Mary Beth Newton, Dixie Hogan, Catalina Mendez, Andrea Martinez, Melissa Hutchison, Nina Coody, Nora Alcala

15 years of service

Shirley Mullinex, Elena Hernandez, Susan Fuller, Randy Firth, Lauren Denison, Debrea Cooney, April Burgess

20 years of service

Tracie Skaggs, Tammy Case, Kathy Bean

25 years of service

25 years of service:
Maribel Perez, Donna Patterson, Lucy Gutierrez, Peggy Marish

30 years of service

Dee Dee Godi

45 years of service

David Dietz
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