Meet your 2019-20 Teachers of The Year!
The Cedar Hill Independent School District is proud to announce its 2019-2020 Campus Teachers of the Year.
“Each of the Cedar Hill ISD Campus Teachers of the Year exemplifies what it means to be a Longhorn,” CHISD Superintendent Dr. Gerald Hudson said. “They go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of the scholars they educate on a daily basis. We are proud to recognize their leadership and impact.”
The district will announce the 2019-20 elementary and secondary teachers of the year during a special Facebook live event scheduled for April 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. on the district’s official Facebook page - @CedarHillISD. Due to the ongoing Shelter in Place order, the district had to forgo the planned awards banquet but hopes the community will log on and tune in to see who is named top teacher in Cedar Hill ISD.
The 2019-20 CHISD Campus Teachers of the Year are:
- Tonine Jackson (Bray)
- Kandace Montgomery (Collegiate Prep)
- Brittney Thompson (Lake Ridge)
- Melissa Tyler (Waterford Oaks)
- Jerlyn Williams (High Pointe)
- April Williams (Highlands)
- Shelly Williamson (Plummer)
- Tamecia Crump (Collegiate Academy)
- Angel Hale (Permenter)
- Lisa Johnson-Hannah (Bessie Coleman)
- Kathy Boyd & Jeffery Ellis (Cedar Hill)
- Keshun Williams (Collegiate Academy)
Jackson joined CHISD in 2012, teaching in grades 3 through 5. She found a love for literacy instruction and earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a literacy focus from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. She understands literacy as one of the keys to scholar success. Jackson, who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas, taught at High Pointe from 2012-17 before joining the staff at Bray in 2017. In the future, Jackson aspires to write curriculum, mentor new teachers and work with elementary scholars from the Gifted & Talented program on literacy-based projects and presentations.
Montgomery is in her 13th year as a teacher, and she currently teaches first and third graders in English/Language Arts at Collegiate Prep Elementary. She joined CHISD in 2016 after working for Dallas ISD in a similar capacity. Montgomery is on track to complete her Master’s in School Counseling this spring from Lamar University. She currently has a Master’s in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources/Organizational Behavior from the University of North Texas.
Thompson is a fourth grade mathematics teacher at Lake Ridge Elementary where she is also the campus parent liaison and a sponsor for yearbook, safety patrol and the cheer squad. A two-time Lake Ridge Teacher of the Month, Thompson joined CHISD 6.5 years ago. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010. During her time there, Thompson began tutoring and mentoring children, which led to her interest in becoming an educator. Thompson believes that all scholars are capable of achieving great things as long as they have the right mindset. She has introduced a program called “Entrepalooza” to help her students learn the basics of Entrepreneurship.
Tyler became a Longhorn in 2008 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. A Special Education Teacher, Tyler is set to graduate from Texas Woman’s University next May with a Graduate Certificate in Adaptive Physical Education. At Waterford Oaks, Tyler teaches Specialized Knowledge for Individualized Life-Learning (SKILL) Scholars in grades 3 through 5.
Jerlyn Williams has taught music at High Pointe for the past seven years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and received a National Certificate in Orff Music Method from Southern Methodist University. A three-time Teacher of the Month, Williams believes in the strength of music education and its reinforcement in the classroom. She sponsors several music clubs, including the Drum Club, Recorder Club, Choir and more. Williams ensures that music class is a fun experience for High Pointe scholars. In the summer, she plays a key role in CHISD’s Fine Arts Camp.
April Williams worked for CHISD from 2004-15, teaching grades kindergarten through second at Lake Ridge. She returned in 2018 as a first grade teacher at Highlands. Williams earned a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University in 2010 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Woman’s University in 1995. She is currently a mentor for new teachers at Highlands, under the T.I.P.S. Program. More than half of her 23 years teaching have been at CHISD. Although Williams is certified as a Principal, she is glad to have been in the classroom throughout her career, working to help scholars reach their potential.
Williamson, who teaches Physical Education at Plummer, is the longest-tenured Campus Teacher of the Year in 2019-20. She began teaching PE at Plummer in 1990 shortly after graduating from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Williamson has been very involved with CHISD and Plummer as well as Cedar Hill Parks & Recreation. She organized the CHISD Elementary Basketball Leagues and served as a Team Leader at Plummer. She joined the District in 2008 and has worked at Plummer the entire time.
Hale earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas where she was a member of the women’s basketball team. She was inducted into the Longhorn Legacy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. At Permenter, Hale teaches History and coaches middle school basketball as well as Cross Country and Track & Field. She is the Coordinator of Permenter’s Black History Program, a STEAM Academy teacher and a member of the Multi-Cultural Committee.
Crump debuted as a Longhorn in 2017 and quickly made an impact. She chairs the Mathematics Department at Collegiate Academy and teaches both seventh and eighth grade mathematics. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from the University of Houston (UH) in 2012. A year later, she earned her Corporate Entrepreneurship Certification, also from UH. After working in the business field, Crump decided that her true calling was in public education. Crump said establishing “mutual respect” with each of her scholars, stakeholders and colleagues is very important to her.
Johnson-Hannah joined CHISD in 2017 as the College & Career Readiness Teacher at Bessie Coleman. She graduated Cum Laude with a law degree from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1997. Johnson-Hannah, who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Eastern Michigan University in 1994, worked in the legal field and taught at the college level for two decades before joining CHISD. Johnson-Hannah is the sponsor for Bessie Coleman’s Longhorn Girls Rock. She is also a member of the Campus’s Class Rank/GPA Revision Committee and the Site-Based Decision Making Committee.
Boyd joined CHISD as a Career & Technical Education Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Instructor in 2018. She is a pastry chef who has owned KayBee Custom Cakes & Catering since 2011. A Business Administration graduate from the University of North Texas, Boyd has earned certifications from El Centro College and The Wilton School of Cake Decorating. She is the CHHS Junior Varsity Cheerleading Coach and a former Systems/Operations Administrator for AAA Texas. Boyd foreshadowed her Teacher of the Year honor by earning New Teacher of the Year accolades last year from Cedar Hill High School.
Ellis has worked for CHISD since 2013 and has served as the World Geography Department Head for the past five years. Last year, he completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in 1995 and served as SAGU’s head women’s basketball coach for two years. Ellis helped create the current concept-based model for geography and created tests that align with the new curriculum. He has served in multiple roles on the Site-Based Decision Making Committee, the AP Vertical Alignment Planning Committee and the Attendance Committee. He is currently an Assistant Testing Coordinator at CHHS and works at the Ninth Grade Center.
Keshun Williams joined CHISD in 2018 after previously working for Desoto ISD and Dallas ISD, respectively. She is the Mathematics Department Chair and an Algebra I Teacher at Collegiate High School. Williams has a Master’s Degree in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computer Information Systems from the University of North Texas. In her role as Math Department Chair, Williams handles all operational, budgeting and recordkeeping requirements, monitors student achievement and facilitates the cooperative learning process, among other responsibilities.