The superintendent for one of the larger school districts in West Texas has been honored.

Earlier this week, the Texas PTA (Texas Parents and Teachers Association) announced statewide award recipients for the 2020-2021 school year.

Frenship ISD Superintendent Dr. Michelle McCord was named the Texas PTA's 2021 Superintendent of the Year.

“It is Texas PTA’s privilege to highlight the people who work tirelessly in our state’s public schools to make a difference,” said Texas PTA President Suzi Kennon. “We believe that student success is best fostered by collaboration between parents, families and teachers – that is exactly what these administrators and educators help make a reality every day.”

Texas PTA notes that they request nominations during each school year for outstanding educators. The Texas PTA says they, "Recognize outstanding educators whose work embodies the association’s mission, enhances student learning environments, and directly involve students’ parents and families in their school life."

Dr. McCord’s nomination reads in part:  “Dr. McCord comes from a counseling background, so she is acutely aware of the need for parent education and family involvement. She first patterns this in her own behavior. I firmly believe that just her presence helps people know that she encourages all of our community to support our schools and our people.”

The other Texas PTA 2021 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award recipients were: Mrs. Samantha Pettit, Mansfield ISD, Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Dr. Carrine Saenz, Austin ISD, Elementary School Principal of the Year; Teresa Cuellar, Harlingen ISD, Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Dr. Michael Curl, Humble ISD, Secondary Principal of the Year.

The award recipients have been invited to attend the Talk of Texas Luncheon on July 31, 2022, during Texas PTA’s annual convention in Grapevine. During this event, the award recipients will be recognized for their achievements.

“The Talk of Texas Luncheon, during the association’s LAUNCH conference, is a very special event,” said Texas PTA Director of Events and Programs Magen Davis. “More than an awards ceremony, it is a collection of priceless moments between our volunteers and the people who truly shine in our schools and school districts.”

Dr. McCord was named the Superintendent of Frenship ISD in November of 2015. She previously served as Frenship ISD’s Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services from May 2010-October 2015.

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