A residents group established to reward Arlington teachers who excel held its annual banquet recently and awarded checks to 10 teachers. The AWARE Foundation, which stands for Arlington Will Award and Recognize Excellence, has been around since 1989. The winners of its yearly Award of Excellence get $3,000 to spend however they like; runners-up get a $1,500 check. Funds come from private and corporate funding, according to the group’s Web site.
This year’s winners (pictured, thanks to AISD) were: Debi Roberts, a Webb Elementary kindergarten teacher; Jessica Hall, a fourth-grade teacher at Miller Elementary; Valarie Yurkunas, a sixth-grade teacher at Pope Elementary; Kat Wells, an eighth-grade teacher at Bailey Junior High; and Susan West, a teacher at Arlington High School.
The runners-up were: Cynthia Johnston, a kindergarten teacher at Sherrod Elementary; Dawn Zdrojewski, an instructional facilitator at Short Elementary; Jennifer Hammonds, a fifth-grade teacher at Short Elementary; Pam Hodges, a teacher at Shackelford Junior High; and Barbara Applequist, a teacher at Sam Houston High School.