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