Brewer High School teacher Katrina Diaz is the 2020 DFW Bilingual/ESL Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM) Teacher of the Year. She'll advance to the state competition in October.
Bilingual/ESL teachers are recognized who demonstrate outstanding teaching and exemplary professional service. Recipients submit an extensive application that includes their philosophy of education, community service, professional development and experience.
"I have learned English Learner students are a treasure trove of experiences that enhance the fabric of the US and of my life," she said. In my years as an educator, never have I been so enriched by students’ wisdom, experiences, and pathways to exploration than I have in my years as an ESL teacher. The transformations I witness as we navigate their years with me is an honor beyond compare, truly changing their lives for the better."
A teacher in WSISD for the past five years, Diaz has 20 years experience in education. She currently serves as the English Language Specialist at Brewer.