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Outstanding Early Childhood Educators Selected as 2023-2024 Model Teachers 

Outstanding Early Childhood Educators Selected as 2023-2024 Model Teachers 

KLEIN, Texas – We are pleased to introduce our 2023-2024 Model Teachers for Early Childhood through 2nd Grade! These outstanding teachers underwent an application process, observation, and interview before being selected by the Early Learning Team for this honor. 

“There are many positive words that come to mind when I think of our Pre-K-2 Model Teachers, but the one that stands out the most is dedication,” Instructional Officer for Early Childhood Emily Puente said.  “The dedication these teachers portray to our students and families is impeccable. I am grateful for the love, time, and attention they pour into their job each and every day. To them, it is not just a job but a calling. Klein ISD is truly blessed with the BEST!”

2023-2024 Model Teachers

Claudia Fossati, Pre-KBrill Elementary
Martha Papcostas, Pre-KEhrhardt Elementary
LeAnn Barnes, KindergartenMahaffey Elementary
Beverly Keck, KindergartenBernshausen Elementary
Holly Hayner, 1st GradeHaude Elementary
Jafitza Sander, 1st GradeMcDougle Elementary
Allison Stoll, 1st GradeFox Elementary
Monika Messerly, 2nd GradeFox Elementary
Kristie Moore, 2nd GradeFox Elementary
Leticia Ocana, 2nd GradeMcDougle Elementary

Each selected Model Teacher promotes excellence and demonstrates instruction that is aligned with Klein ISD’s High-Quality Teaching standards. They believe in collaboration, self-reflection, and engaging themselves in continuous growth opportunities.

Our littlest learners are so lucky to have such amazing teachers. We thank them for their unwavering commitment to helping our students have a wonderful learning experience as they enter our Klein schools.


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

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Klein ISD has an established 84-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.

About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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