Carthage High School teacher, others honored at Teacher of the Year luncheon

Carthage High School teacher Tammie Evans, the Region 7 Secondary Teacher of the Year, is pictured with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath at the Texas Teacher of the Year Luncheon at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

The Texas Association of School Administrators, which facilitates the Texas Teacher of the Year program, honored regional Teacher of the Year winners and named Texas’ top teachers for 2020 at the annual Texas Teacher of the Year awards luncheon.

Karen Sams, a third-grade teacher from Weatherford ISD, is the 2020 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Michelle Sandoval, an eighth-grade math teacher from Ysleta ISD, is the 2020 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Karen Sams was chosen to represent the state as Texas Teacher of the Year in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The luncheon was held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Both state-level winners will receive a cash award and a commemorative trophy.

Also honored during the luncheon were the Regional Teachers of the Year, including Carthage High School’s Tammie Evans, and the finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year: Juliette Broussard, Pasadena ISD; Kami Dodds, Brady ISD; Jennifer Garner, River Road ISD; and Perla Lozoya, Socorro ISD.