District names 2018-2019 Elementary, Secondary Teachers of the Year

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Two of 10 finalists have been named Dallas ISD 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year.

Elisa Morrissey from Alex W. Sanger Elementary School is this year’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Nadirah Shakir from J. L. Long Middle School has been named Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Stephen Butt, president of H-E-B/Central Market Division, presented $5,000 checks to Morrissey and Shakir during a dinner reception on Wednesday, Jan. 16, recognizing the educators. Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and trustees thanked the teachers for their hard work and dedication.

Parent Dora Hornick, who’s had two sons taught by Morrissey, praises the teacher for her dedication of bringing out every child’s best qualities.

“Before entering her class, both of my sons dreaded writing, but Mrs. Morrissey worked her magic and they both enjoy writing and find it fun,” said Hornick.

Meanwhile, at a middle school not far from Sanger Elementary, seventh-grade students have the honor of being taught Pre-AP mathematics by the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, Nadirah Shakir.

Shakir has spent five years as an educator in Dallas ISD’s J. L. Long Middle School.

“Shakir is the teacher you want on your team and the teacher you want your children to have,” said Long teacher Erin Moore. “She has a natural ability to reach out to all her students in a way that is relevant to each of them. She also has a special charm of building connections with each of her students, in a way that helps them understand how much she cares for them in and out of school.”

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