La Vega ISD is very proud and excited to announce the 2019 Teachers of the Year!
Shelly Trevino, La Vega High School – Mrs. Trevino is currently the Life Skills teacher at LVHS and has incredible love and passion for her students. She continues to encourage all of them to give 100% effort in every challenging task. She has also built excellent relationships with the students’ families. This year Mrs. Trevino has found a way to enable her students to have real life experiences through the “Pirate Café”, which is a weekly refreshment cart that her students fill orders from for the staff. This experience along with her diligent work with Special Olympics continues to solidify why she deserves the honor of LVHS Teacher of Year. Mrs. Trevino has been in education for ten years, and at LVISD for seven. She and her husband have two children. Mrs. Trevino says, “I enjoy teaching my students the skills they need to be successful. Each student has their own set of challenges and I love trying to bring out the best in them. The Lord has blessed me with two children and my LVHS children too! It is by the grace of God that I can do this work and hopefully impact students.”
Kenneth Maedgen, La Vega Junior High School George Dixon Campus – Mr. Maedgen began his teaching career at LVISD after spending fifteen years in retail. He is highly respected by his students and colleagues as a reading teacher and head of the English Department. A man of few words, he is known for his organization skills, wisdom, and methodical teaching style. Mr. Maedgen embodies humility and when interviewed, he said, “I want to be a positive role model for my son and any other young person I meet. It is truly an honor I appreciate, but never set out to receive. I will be more satisfied with my teaching career if one day a student finds themselves in a tough situation and asks themselves what Mr. Maedgen would have done in this situation. A lot of our students need positive role models in their lives and that is what I will be striving to do every day, while also teaching them the importance of reading in their lives.” Mr. Maedgen is married and has one son. He enjoys all things sports with his family, as well as taking vacations to go skiing, camping fishing, and playing golf with his wife and son.
LaRonda Benson, La Vega Intermediate School H. P. Miles Campus – Ms. Benson began her teaching career as a paraprofessional at LVISHPMC and is currently teaching fifth grade ELAR. She is completing her fifth year with the district and her third year as a teacher. It is her passion to help young people who may be heading in the wrong direction to find their way. Her love of children enables her to build meaningful relationships with the students and their families. She strives to help others and will go the extra mile to help a student in need. She has high expectations for her students in and out of the classroom and holds them accountable. Ms. Benson is married and has three children. She is very active in her church and loves baking, listening to music, spending time with her family, and on-line shopping. Ms. Benson says this, “Just because I am teacher of the year, doesn’t mean I have all the answers, and it doesn’t mean I never make mistakes, and it doesn’t mean I am the best at anything, I am definitely still learning. With all Glory to God!”
Kim Henderson, La Vega Elementary School – Ms. Henderson is currently a third grade teacher and is a valuable asset to her LVES family. She has a wonderful rapport with her students. She is passionate about teaching and inspires her students by setting high expectations daily. Ms. Henderson is a role model and mentor to her colleagues. She accomplishes tasks with great initiative and often seeks ways to improve her craft. Ms. Henderson is a dedicated teacher and has contributed to the many accomplishments at LVES. She enjoys teaching reading very much and communicates with the parents of her students frequently and is very dedicated to her students. Ms. Henderson is married and enjoys baking, working out, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Veronica Olvera, La Vega Primary School Phil Bancale Campus – Ms. Olvera has been teaching prekindergarten at LVPSPBC for the entirety of her eleven-year career. Currently, she teaches one of the two-way dual language classes. Ms. Olvera has seven siblings and has one son, who is a senior this year. Prior to her teaching career she was a Specialist in the Army. After serving her country, she came back and went to school at McLennan Community College. She later graduated from UTA with her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood studies. Ms. Olvera has an amazing rapport with her students, parents and colleagues. She is continually looking for ways to help her students be successful learners. She researches books and articles frequently to see how to enhance her classroom instruction. Ms. Olvera states, “The best thing about LVPSPBC is working with the wonderful students and my colleagues who are always willing to share ideas and strategies.”
La Vega ISD would like to congratulate all of these outstanding teachers. They will be honored with a Teacher of the Year Limo Lunch on May 10th, sponsored by the Bellmead Chamber of Commerce, Bellmead American Bank, Legacy Limousines, and La Vega ISD.