Reaction to the National Finalist News

What Others are Saying... Reaction to the National Finalist News

Good news travels quickly. Reaction to the announcement that AISD teacher Shanna Peeples is a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year Program is pouring in from around the state of Texas.

“Shanna Peeples exemplifies the outstanding teaching taking place in the Amarillo ISD and across our state. I’m sure being named a national Teacher of the Year finalist is no surprise to her students and fellow teachers in Amarillo ISD. I thank her for her valuable work in the classroom and wish her the best of luck in Washington later this year.”

                                                                              --Michael Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education

“Ms. Peeples has had a long career and this nomination is very significant and represents the quality of teachers in Amarillo ISD and Texas. It should be the goal of all of us in state legislatures and Congress to see to it that our teachers have the tools to be as effective as Shanna Peeples. A lot of her ability and motivation are simply characteristics of a truly unique individual and teacher.”

                                                                              --State Senator Kel Seliger

"Region 16 Education Service Center is extremely proud of Shanna.  She is an excellent example of the talented, creative and passionate educators we have throughout our area.  Shanna’s dedication to her students and her drive to see them succeed are an inspiration to us all."

                                                                              --John Bass, Region 16

“We are honored to recognize Shanna Peeples as an outstanding educator who truly connects with her students, showing them that the possibilities for their future are limitless. She cultivates a collaborative, engaging learning environment, serving as a model for her colleagues throughout the teaching profession.”

                                                                    --Johnny Veselka, Texas Association of School Administrators

“When you think about the many schools and teachers across this great state and country, it is impressive to realize Shanna Peeples is one of four teachers named a finalist for the entire nation. Our city receives many awards and honors, but this recognition may be the pinnacle when you think about how this affects our community and reflects on our teachers and children.”

                                                                                  --Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole

I congratulate Ms. Peeples on yet another prestigious recognition. This honor speaks to her dedication as an educator. More importantly, her devotion will have an immeasurable impact not only on the students she teaches, but the communities in which they live and serve. Thanks to Ms. Peeples for all she does for Palo Duro High School and our community."

                                                                              --State Representative John Smithee

“Thank you for serving the Amarillo Independent School District, and even more importantly, the children of Amarillo.  I can only hope your devotion can be a model, not only for other teachers in Amarillo, but teachers everywhere. I wish you luck in the final four for the National Teacher of the Year Award!”

                                                                                  --State Representative Four Price

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