Salute 2020 is happening... virtually!
Salute is AISD’s annual celebration to recognize some of the district’s outstanding team members for their continued dedication to student excellence and achievement in our schools.
This year, to ensure the district maintains a safe environment during COVID-19, the Office of Human Capital and Talent Acquisition and Development team, Austin Partners in Education and Channel 22 are instead hosting a virtual Salute 2020 Celebration to honor the great work of our staff and recognize all of our award finalists and winners.
Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing photos and celebrations of our campus Teachers of the Year and Teachers of Promise as well as finalists and award winner announcements in the categories of: Principal of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year, Counselor of the Year, Librarian of the Year, Classified Staff of the Year, and PTAs of the Year.
As the main event, our special virtual Salute Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on AISD.TV on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30pm! Friends, families, and the community are invited to tune in, host virtual watch parties, and celebrate their nominees and award winners on social media using the #AISDSalute2020.
Classified Staff of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding AISD classified employee. Classified employees are defined as hourly employees and include, but are not limited to, teacher assistants, office staff and custodians. The Classified Staff of the Year recognizes an AISD staff member who has gone beyond his/her regularly assigned job duties to promote the development and/or progress of the district’s mission, and should demonstrate a positive effect on the AISD campus/community.
Bernardo Martinez, Wooten ES
Brittney Nobles, Blanton ES
Wayne Sneed, AISD Police
Librarian of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding AISD campus librarian. The Librarian of the Year should demonstrate collaborative relationships with students, families and staff and create a learning environment that contributes to student success.
Jill Brady, East Side HS
Megan Kite, Pleasant Hill ES
Monica Juarez, Sadler Means YWLA
Counselor of the Year
The award recognizes an outstanding AISD campus counselor. The Counselor of the Year should demonstrate collaborative relationships with students, parents and staff that contribute to student success and a positive campus climate.
Janette Ruiz, Cook ES
Kathryn Gee, Bryker Woods
Kristina Kern, Mills ES
Assistant Principal of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding AISD campus assistant principal. The nominee must have the job title of “assistant principal”. Nominees for Assistant Principal of the Year should exhibit leadership qualities centered around the support and maintenance of collaborative relationships with students, parents and staff that positively affect student achievement and campus climate.
Amanda Arguijo, Martin MS
Liza Karseno, Odom ES
Susan Leos, Bowie HS
Principal of the Year
This award recognizes an outstanding AISD campus principal. The Principal of the Year should demonstrate attributes that foster an exemplary campus environment by promoting positive community engagement, high student achievement, healthy campus climate, and an effective leadership style.
Grace Martino-Brewster, Mathews ES
Kori Crawford, Crockett HS
Samuel Tinnon, Casis ES
Tony Dishner, Clifton CDS
Teacher of the Year
Elementary Teacher of the Year
Sandy Chilton, Uphaus
Emily Galindo Placette, Wooten
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Liliana Barrientos, Mendez