In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

Sherman ISD Celebrates Staff Members of the Year!

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, Sherman ISD is acknowledging members of its outstanding staff. Sherman ISD employees with diverse teaching styles and skills have been selected for the 2019 Teacher, Employee, Team, New Teacher and Volunteer of the Year. Listed below are the outstanding educators who received the honor this year:

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Elementary Teacher of the Year

Blanca Serrano

Crutchfield Elementary

Blanca Serrano is a second-grade bilingual teacher at Crutchfield Elementary. Although this is only her second year of teaching, Ms. Serrano conducts her classes as if she has had many years of experience. She understands the academic and social and emotional needs of her students and maintains a high level of rigor inside her classroom. Ms. Serrano is always thinking of out of the box ways to capture the attention of her students and enhance their bilingual skills. Last year, after a chapter book study, Ms. Serrano’s class wrote their class book in English and Spanish. A copy of the book was purchased for the campus library for students to enjoy.

Secondary Teacher of the Year

Suzanne Green

Sherman High School

Suzanne Green is the Team Lead for the Sherman High School’s Science Department and takes an active role in researching student data, in order to properly prepare her students for state, and local, testing. She is known for being one of the most prepared teachers on the SHS campus and for building phenomenal relationships with her students.

New Teacher of the Year

Sarah Morgan

Neblett Elementary

Sarah Morgan is a third-grade math teacher at Neblett Elementary. Her quiet spirit and continual genuine affirmation provide a classroom for success. Students are greeted by name and a smile as they enter Mrs. Morgan's classroom each day. As a new teacher on her campus, her classroom is known to be cheerful, purposeful, and student-centered. Ms. Morgan’s learning day is well planned, orchestrated and engaging and students are often seen working around the classroom on projects and anchor charts. Mrs. Morgan's smile and enthusiasm are contagious when you walk inside of her classroom, you immediately notice that time is never wasted, hands are never idle, and learning is always taking place.

Employee of the Year

Ruthy McCurrin

Perrin learning Center

Ruthy McCurrin is the administrative assistant for Mr. Jim May at Perrin Learning Center. She wears many hats and helps with the campuses special programs and serves as the Spanish interpreter. She is willing to come in early and stay late to get the job done and is always helpful to parents and students, no matter how busy she may be at that moment. She is a real example of service with a smile and provides top notch customer service.

Team of the Year

Dillingham Intermediate 6th grade Science Team

Kacie Beene

Samantha Deaton
Rick Foster
April Kloer
Amy Taggart

Dillingham 6th Grade Science Team has been a bright spot on the Dillingham Intermediate campus and has worked as a cohesive group throughout the school year to ensure student success. As a team, the group attended the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, and each team member returned with great ideas. Since attending the conference, the team has implemented coding activities, breakout boxes, and STEM activities for the students of Dillingham that has enhanced student learning. Throughout this year, this team has continued to do a great job and are genuinely student-centered.

Volunteer of the Year

Lori Walker

Sherman ISD Parent & SHS Alumna

Lori Walker bleeds maroon! She is a dedicated parent who works countless hours supporting Sherman ISD. She begins her volunteering efforts before the start of the school year with assisting Dr. Tamy Smalskas with organizing the family and community tailgating experience known as Maroon Mania. She provides leadership, organization, and execution every Friday night for the event to ensure attendees have the best

Teacher of the Year Perks!

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Being selected as Teacher of the Year is a great accomplishment in any school district. However, being selected as Teacher of the Year in Sherman ISD has its perks, thanks to the district’s generous partners in education.

During the Monday night board meeting, Sherman ISD proudly announced Suzanne Green as the Secondary Teacher of the Year and Blanca Serrano as the Elementary Teacher of the Year. Both honorees were then told they would receive a free one year lease of a Chevrolet Equinox from Sherman Chevrolet.

“We know that teachers have a pretty thankless job so we figured out a way to give back. We thought of giving a free car for one year,” Sherman Chevrolet Sales Manager Matt Viers expressed to the audience during the meeting. “Each teacher is being awarded a Chevy Equinox to drive for a year. They both are now the proud recipients of a free car from Sherman Chevrolet.”

Both teachers were pleasantly surprised by the announcement and immediately left the meeting to pick up their new car.

Congratulations Ms. Green and Ms. Serrano!

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Sherman ISD Annual Required Training for 2019-2020

Click the image below to be directed to the page to review the 2019-2020 annual required training.

SISD Summer Professional Development Opportunities

We are excited to announce the summer offerings for professional development in Sherman ISD. We hope that you will take advantage of literacy, RTL, math, Gifted and Talented and/or technology training that will support you in your work as a master teacher. Click the image below to get information about trainings provided by in-district trainers, consultants, and Region 10 with links to register. We are looking forward to seeing you this summer!


Sherman ISD presents a variety of sessions to support technology integration and collaborative learning at all levels. This year we have 3 levels of Technology Professional Development: Emerging, Intermediate, and Advanced. We will also be joined by our Curriculum Department with sessions for Math and ELAR! Come discover diverse and relevant topics shared by educators who are teaching and learning every day. Click the image below to visit the Techpalooza website.

Region 10 Summer Professional Development

Sherman ISD will be hosting a Region 10 Summer Roadshow this summer at Dillingham Intermediate. Because we are hosting and seats fill up fast, we get a two week advance on registration! There are many great offerings to consider and we encourage you to click the image below to start planning for your summer professional development today!

Upcoming District Events

May 23- Early Release

May 23- Last Day of School

May 24- SHS Graduation Rehearsal @9am

May 25-Sherman High School Graduation Ceremony at Bearcat Stadium @ 9am

Upcoming Community Events

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