A very special award for a Corsicana Independent School District teacher was recognized Tuesday with the announcement that Tanya Linex of Navarro Elementary School was chosen as the Region 12 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

This honor comes on the heels of Tanya`s selection as the Navarro Elementary Distinguished Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Tanya Linex has been teaching for 13 years, the last three in Corsicana ISD at Navarro Elementary. She began her teaching career as an instructional aide. A principal recognized her talents and encouraged her to return to college and earn a teaching certificate. After attending evening classes while working full-time in education, she graduated at the top of her class from Texas A&M University in Commerce. She has teaching certificates for early childhood through fourth grade as well as English as a Second Language. She taught first grade for nine years and then taught fourth grade science and social studies.

"We are so proud to have Mrs. Linex represent Corsicana ISD as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for Region 12," said Dr. Diane Frost, CISD Superintendent. "Her skills as an instructional leader for her colleagues, and dedicated teacher to her students, make her an ideal role model for elementary educators throughout the state."

Linex now teaches second grade and focuses on making lessons challenging but also individualized to help all students feel successful and empowered. She involves her students in adopting weekly learning goals and moves them through station rotations, based on their needs and weekly content. The station rotations encourage peer-to-peer collaboration, which Linex feels is important to build those skills as well as communication skills. As a role model for this type of collaboration, Linex serves on a professional learning committee where she and teachers share experiences, research and discuss how to incorporate best practices to meet the needs of students.

"When you work with other teachers, it helps them feel confident in all aspects of content-based expectations and contributes to a positive school culture," said Linex. "Teachers then pass their learning and confidence to their own students!"

"The care and patience that Mrs. Linex has for students is genuine," said Debbie Cottar, interim principal at Navarro Elementary. "She is always willing to take on challenging projects with dedication and compassion. Mrs. Linex is very humble which makes this recognition that much more special."

Linex works to instill a strong work ethic and desire to achieve success in her students. With a diverse group of students, she knows it is important for them to learn from industry experts and experience the world around them. She provides these opportunities by inviting successful community/business leaders to the classroom to discuss their personal education and life journeys. Virtual field trips and videos allow her to take students outside the classroom, which leads to student interest, dialogue and research opportunities.

Linex and her husband, Raymond, a vice-president at Oil City Iron Works, have three sons. She was honored with a reception Tuesday afternoon at the district office.

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