West Ridge Middle School in the Eanes Independent School District announced its 2018 Eanespiration winners.
In the Educational Impact Awards, Vanessa Clayton was honored as an “amazing teacher and colleague” who supports all kids and “is an inspiration to everyone.” Emma Sullivan Cogholl was honored for her compassion, dedication, empathy, patience, courage, tenacity, and humor. “Her love for her students and our special education field is obvious when you watch her work with our students and when you talk to her about what she hopes for her students.” Elizabeth Compton, who is “adored by all her students,” was honored as a dedicated teacher who “teaches children who have never played an instrument before to make beautiful music!” Michelle Craft received the award for encouraging “the best from her students when it comes to their learning, their behavior and their integrity” and for “teaching her students to keep up in an ever-changing world as they learn about culture and history as well as a new language.”
Katy Goldschmidt “is always positive and smiles to everyone she passes” and is known for her thoughtfulness and as a role model. Brittany Schwartz Gothia “has made a tremendous impact on the Life Skills department at West Ridge, on the families of her students and most importantly, on her students” and is committed to making a difference. Donna Muyshondt works with love and compassion and “does this in many creative and engaging ways,” making a lifelong impact. Andrea Snouffer is known for “the smile on her face” that never leaves and is a tireless teacher who “comes early, stays late, and has a high level of respect for and from her students.”
Lorie Schoch was honored as a hero, which is evident in her being consistently named by the students as one of their most influential teachers. She created a peer mentor program for writing that helps strong writers strengthen their skills through sharing and writers who would like to perform better learn from their peers.
Dominique Bayona and Brett Hotchkiss led the National Junior Honor Society to an over 150 percent goal of fundraising, through their combined “passion, drive, and determination.”
Pictured, left to right. Back Row: Donna Muyshondt, Elizabeth Compton, Lorie Schoch, Brett Hotchkiss, Dominique Bayona, Principal Robin Lowe, Andrea Snouffer, Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard. Front Row: Michelle Craft, Emma Sullivan Coghill, Vanessa Clayton, Katy Goldschmidt. Not pictured: Brittany Schwartz Gothia.