Socorro ISD New Teachers and Future Educators Win UT System Chancellor’s Centurions Educator Torch Award


The University of Texas system honored 19 Socorro ISD educators with the Educators Torch Award as part of the UT System Chancellor’s Centurions in Service of Education program.

Acting Superintendent Marta Carmona, M.Ed., and the administration of Socorro ISD joined UTEP representatives and visitors from the UT System to surprise three of the Ernesto Serna School laureates in a ceremony special including students of educators.

“I am grateful to UTEP and our district for bringing to light one of the noblest professions there is,” Carmona said. “Teachers do a wonderful job planting a seed in our students, especially at this time when education faces so many challenges. “

The winners of the Ernesto Serna school were Kelsie Vasquez, Dominique Pandy and Holly Watkins. The 19 Socorro ISD Educators Torch Award winners received a $ 500 Office Depot gift card to help them with school supplies and classroom materials.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but it was great to see everyone sporting UTEP clothes and showing their support,” said Dominique Pandy, fourth grade teacher at Ernesto Serna School.

Pandy is a recent UTEP graduate who did her residency for the program at Ernesto Serna. Then, she did an internship before applying for her current position.

“I am truly grateful to everyone who helped me along this journey, such as my mentors and all the teachers who have always offered their support and guidance,” Pandy said. I’m just very lucky to work in this neighborhood, on this campus.

The Chancellor’s Centurions program was developed to create a network to educate and inspire the next generation of volunteer leaders in higher education and healthcare in Texas. Centurions are young professionals who understand the value and profound impact of public higher education in Texas.

“If teachers are better equipped to teach then students are better equipped to learn and if students are better equipped to learn they do better and are more likely to go to college. It’s just one of those things that comes full circle, ”said Aaron Vargas, president of the Chancellor’s Centurions program at UT-System.

Vargas attended the ceremony at Ernesto Serna to personally congratulate the teachers and thank them for their dedication to the profession.

Educators are recent graduates of the University of Texas at El Paso or current residents studying to become teachers. The Educators Torch Award program rewards early-career teachers (or current UTEP residents) for championing the profession and public higher education.

The UT System Chancellor’s Centurions program supports education and healthcare residents who engage with the Chancellor, UT leaders and other leaders interested in promoting higher education and supporting higher education. health care initiatives across the state.

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