May 21, 2020
The final day of school was host to one of the biggest announcements in Crandall ISD this year as the district named its 2020 elementary and secondary teachers of the year, Eyona Lewis and Beth Carroll. The two were selected among the seven campus teachers of the year announced in March.
Lewis, an eighth-grade science teacher at Crandall Middle School, was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. She is in her first year at the campus and has more than 11 years of overall teaching experience.
In her first year at Crandall MS, Lewis introduced a before-school social emotional learning initiative she named, “The Breakfast Club.” Students comprised of an underrepresented population discussed self-selected topics of importance, which Lewis used to stimulate critical thinking and reflection. She met daily with the student chairman to plan discussion topics. Among the results were increased testing performance up to 24 points and a student discipline referral rate decreased by 50 percent.
Carroll was named the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is a 12-year educator, the past four spent as a first-grade teacher at Martin Elementary.
Carroll prides herself on ensuring education transcends the classroom by demonstrating to students the skills they learn at school are used throughout their lives.
“When we learn about money, we look at things we can buy and their cost,” she said. “Every day at recess is an opportunity to find solids, liquids and gases. My goal every day is for students to understand that what we are learning is not just for a grade and not just for our classroom. What we are learning is everyday life, real world skills.”
The two will compete against more than 120 winners from districts throughout the Region 10 service area, which encompasses 10 North Texas counties spanning upward to Oklahoma. Regional winners will be announced in August.