Dallas Mavericks name Cigarroa teacher a Classroom Champion


Arleen Averill, a first-grade teacher at Dallas ISD’s Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa Elementary School, was recently named a Dallas Mavericks Classroom Champions Teacher of the Year.

Averill said she became a teacher after seeing the relationships and connections her mother made with students as a teacher.

“I love coming to these little smiling faces every day,” Averill said of her students. “They are just so excited to be here and so excited to see you in the morning, you can’t help but feel the same for them. We come here all together as a family and spend our week together.”

The five winning teachers received $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools.

See a video about Averill along with profiles of the other four Classroom Champions here.


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