2021 Educator of the Year
This Westie goes to a Westlake area teacher or administrator in recognition of his or her outstanding contributions to the educational community and to the enrichment in the lives of children through academic achievement. He or she inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues, and plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
Finalist: Jamie Berrios, 5th Grade Teacher at Forest Trail Elementary
Jamie Berrios has a huge heart for kids and has put all of it into teaching for the last 21 years, including 17 years teaching 5th grade at Forest Trail Elementary. Being a teacher is not only a vocation for Jamie, it’s who she is; being with the kids is what makes the job sustainable. Jamie emphasizes building a classroom culture where each child feels safe and happy, a real family at school where love is abundant and students look out for one another. Her winning method is to take the time to build strong relationships with and between the kids, and consistently model love for them; and then, she says, the time and the love you put into the kids always comes back, magnified in their accomplishments and growth. Jamie demonstrates that after you’ve created an affirming classroom culture, the next foundational element of a classroom is the fun. It’s only after the love and the fun that kids can accomplish the learning targets like TEKS and then fly beyond them. By taking the time to honor the whole child and build a solid foundation, Jamie gets the buy-in to help her students soar.
Jamie is the FTE 5th Grade Team Leader and is proud to have have served on numerous district leadership committees. She is currently a member of the Science Leaders Committee and has written science curriculum for the district. Jamie was in the inaugural class of the Partnership for Teacher Excellence (PTEP) masters degree program at Texas State in 2009, where she received her master’s degree in Education. She was Forest Trail’s Teacher of the Year in 2011. Jamie and her husband Pablo have two boys; Liam is in 7th grade at Westridge Middle School and Nico is in Jamie’s 5th grade class this year.
Finalist: Jeff Nixon, Westlake Business Incubator & Westlake Cheer at Westlake High School
Jeff Nixon began his teaching career at Westlake High School in 2009 and has dedicated the last thirteen years to students in the Eanes community. He has taught a variety of CTE courses and currently teaches the Westlake Business Incubator program, offering students an authentic, real-world learning experience in entrepreneurship. Hundreds of students have participated in the WBI program and the program has seen multiple teams compete and win at National pitch competitions.
Jeff is also the head coach for the Westlake Cheerleading program. Coach Nixon has used his more than twenty years of coaching experience to transform the Westlake Cheerleading program. Under his direction he has raised program expectations, while expanding the size of the program to include more athletes. He has increased the number of sports, events and games the program supports and established a tradition of competitive excellence, winning 4 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships. Jeff Nixon has positively impacted thousands of lives through Westlake Cheer and the students he has taught. Jeff cares about kids and finds purpose in being an educator. He inspires his athletes and students to be their best selves and to never stop improving.
Finalist: Katy Schueller, 1st Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher at Bridge Point Elementary
Katy taught in Chicago Public Schools and in Northern Thailand before finding a home at Bridge Point Elementary five years ago. She has been pivotal in the development of the Spanish Immersion program for four years. Ms. Schueller ensures her classroom is a safe and equitable place where each and every student feels seen, loved and valued. She cultivates life-long learners who lead with empathy and a global perspective. Ms. Schueller achieves this through heavy emphasis on Social Emotional Learning, turning her classroom into a community, where students are taught to treat each other with kindness and celebrate their differences.
Katy is 1st grade team leader and serves on the EISD 1st grade curriculum team and BPE’s DEI committee. She consistently weaves empathy and love into daily interactions with students, parents, and peers.. These qualities, among others, led to her selection as the 2021 Bridge Point Elementary Educator of the Year, in recognition of her service and the many lives that she impacts..
2021 Winner: Principal of Westlake High School, Steven Ramsey
2020 Winner: Cody Spraberry, Forest Trail Elementary Principal
2019 Winner: Ed Snouffer, Westlake High School Choir Director
2018 Winner: Melinda Darrow, Westlake High School Art History Teacher
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