GISD announces District Teachers of the Year

Every year, staff at Garland ISD schools nominate one of their own to be named Campus Teacher of the Year. This title represents 71 individuals who not only inspire their students but their colleagues, as well. They make learning memorable and break down any potential barriers to success. They also continuously seek out opportunities to improve and others to help.

The district partnered with the Texas Rangers to celebrate its 2017 winners during GISD Night at the Ballpark May 16. View a list to continue their recognition at

Campus Teachers of the Year are also invited to submit an application for the districtwide honor. A committee then selects one elementary and secondary awardee.

Congratulations to Elementary Teacher of the Year Christy Elms from Sewell Elementary School and Secondary Teacher of the Year Lynette Varrassi from Naaman Forest High School.

Elms overcame being labeled “not college material” to become a 27-year educator who inspires innovation and helps students make the connection between what they are learning and how it impacts their lives today and in the future. She teaches fourth-grade reading, writing and social studies at Sewell.

Varrassi grew up in a family of educators and GISD graduates. She continued both traditions and teaches AP English Language and Composition, as well as AP Seminar, at Naaman Forest. She helps students grow an appreciation, and even love, for reading and writing as they are essential to success.

Elms and Varrassi will now advance to the Region 10 Teacher of the Year competition.