FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Marble Falls Independent School District named Lezlie Lust and Patrick Minor its Teachers of the Year.
Lust, the Highland Lakes Elementary School art teacher, is the Elementary Teacher of the Year, while Minor, a Marble Falls High School science teacher, is the Secondary Teacher of the Year.
The district begins the Teacher of the Year process as teachers nominate then vote on their fellow staff members who best exemplify the work, dedication, and passion for inspiring students on each campus. This year’s elementary campus honorees are Karen Maples of Colt Elementary, Lust of Highland Lakes Elementary, Tracie Reed of Marble Falls Elementary, and Jodi Fruge of Spicewood Elementary. The secondary campus Teachers of the Year honorees are Andrea Offers of Marble Falls Middle School, Michael Saenz of Falls Career High School, and Minor.
Once the campus teachers are determined, their names go to a district committee, which has the challenging task of picking one elementary level teacher and one secondary level teacher for the district’s overall teachers of the year.
Lust has been at Highland Lakes Elementary School since 2008. She taught second, third, and fourth grades during her first eight years before moving into the art class in 2016.
“Ms. Lust is an awesome example of teachers transforming lives every day,” said Leslie Baty, MFISD director of Elementary Education. “She sees potential in every child and works hard to find art opportunities for them both in and beyond the classroom. She has made a positive difference at (Highland Lakes Elementary School), and we are fortunate to have a teacher of her caliber representing MFISD as the elementary Teacher of the Year.”
Minor has been teaching for 18 yeas, with the last four at Marble Falls High School, where he teaches environmental science, environmental systems, and chemistry.
“Mr. Minor is highly deserving of being selected as our MFISD secondary Teacher of the Year,” said Heather Metzger, MFISD director of Secondary Education. “In addition to being an excellent science teacher, he is a strong mentor for our students as they navigate life as a teenager. He is a great example of our district vision as he ‘loves and inspires’ our students every day to do their best.”
Lust’s and Minor’s Teacher of the Year journey isn’t over yet. They will move onto compete for the Central Texas regional distinctions in the annual Region XIII Teacher of the Year awards program.