Salute 2020... 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 maintained a safe environment during COVID-19, the Office of Human Capital and Talent Acquisition and Development team, Austin Partners in Education and Channel 22 hosted 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 shared 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. See the nominees and winners below!

As the main event, our special virtual Salute Awards Ceremony was broadcast on AISD.TV on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30pm! Friends, families, and the community were invited to tune in, host virtual watch parties, and celebrate their nominees and award winners on social media using the #AISDSalute2020. 

 

Watch this year's virtual Salute ceremony below:

Salute, A Tribute to Excellence 2020 from Austin ISD TV on Vimeo.

 

AISD's 2019-20 Teachers of Promise

AISD's 2019-20 Campus Teachers of the Year

 

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. 

Wayne Sneed Photo

2020 Classified Staff of the Year: Wayne Sneed, AISD Police

 

Bernardo Martinez Photo'

Bernardo Martinez, Wooten ES

Brittney Nobles Photo

Brittney Nobles, Blanton ES

 

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. 

Megan Kite Photo

2020 Librarian of the Year: Megan Kite, Pleasant Hill ES

 

Jill Brady Photo

Jill Brady, Eastside Memorial ECHS
 

Monica Juarez Photo

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. 

Kristina Kern Photo

2020 Counselor of the Year: Kristina Kern, Mills ES

 

Janette Ruiz Photo

Janette Ruiz, Cook ES

Kathryn Gee Photo

Kathryn Gee, Bryker Woods

 

 

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 photo

2020 Assistant Principal of the Year: Amanda Arguijo, Martin MS

 

Liza Karseno Photo

Liza Karseno, Odom ES

Susan Leos photo

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.

Tony Dishner

2020 Principal of the Year: Tony Dishner,  Clifton CDS

 

 

Grace Martino-Brewster

Grace Martino-Brewster,  Mathews ES

Kori Crawford

Kori Crawford, Crockett HS

Samuel Tinnon

Samuel Tinnon, Casis ES

 

 

Teacher of the Year

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sandy Chilton

2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year: Sandy Chilton, Uphaus

 

Emily Galindo Placette

Runner Up: Emily Galindo Placette, Wooten 

 

Secondary Teacher of the Year

Liliana Barrientos, Mendez

2020 Secondary Teacher of the Year: Liliana Barrientos, Mendez

 

Armin Salek

Runner up: Armin Salek, Akins