Klein ISD Elementary Teachers Nominated for Sterling Star Award

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Klein ISD Elementary Teachers Robin Clouse of Kreinhop Elementary and Alecia Valdez of Benignus Elementary are nominees for the Sterling Shining Star Award, a program that recognizes and rewards school staff who make outstanding contributions to developing and nurturing a positive school environment.

“So often as teachers, our recognition is through our students,” Valdez said. “We want, more than anything, for our students to recognize themselves. We don’t look for outside recognition, so it always comes as a huge blessing whenever someone does notice you and your hard work.”

Each P2P Investor was nominated by a peer for her unwavering commitment to serving others – inside and outside of their own classroom. This “we” not “me” mentality is evident as both teachers have also recently served as Teacher of the Year for their respective campuses.

Valdez, a fourth grade ELA teacher, is best known on her campus for being the driving force behind implementing a standards-based grading strategy in order to reimagine learning for today’s students. Kelly Hammons, a colleague of Valdez, applauds her deep understanding of high-quality teaching.

Alecia is a phenomenal teacher, teammate, and friend,” she said. “She goes the extra mile for her students and colleagues. We depend on her organization and knowledge of TEKS to help drive our ELA instruction. Life on the fourth-grade hallway runs smoothly, thanks to her.”

Clouse, a developmental special education teacher, is noted by multiple colleagues as not only being viewed as a natural-born teacher but also for being the epitome of student-focused and relationship-driven.

“I’ve been in the education setting for almost 30 years, and I have never seen such an amazing teacher who genuinely cares for her students and celebrates their uniqueness every day,” Kreinhop Financial Secretary, Zoe Tims, said. “She has a true passion for teaching, and it shows every day.”

Congratulations to these two amazingly committed educators for being recognized as nominees for this award.