McKINNEY (Aug. 22, 2014) — Finch Elementary School Art Teacher Sara Kingsolver was recognized as the 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year at the Region 10 Teacher of the Year Award Luncheon and Ceremony on Aug. 12.

In the spring of 2014, over 100 teachers in Region 10 were named by their districts as Teachers of the Year. Recognized by their peers and administrators as the premier stratum for outstanding leadership and merit in teaching, one elementary and one secondary teacher from 60 school districts and 15 charter schools represented their campuses at the regional competition administered by Region 10 Education Service Center

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Sara Kingsolver

“Being chosen to represent Region 10 Elementary teachers is the greatest acknowledgement of my career,” said Kingsolver. “I often quote the artist, Vincent Van Gogh, to my students, saying, ‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.’ I am thankful to each student, colleague, administrator and parent who has supported me and helped me grow. I am humbled and honored to represent the outstanding educators in McKinney and the surrounding districts.”

Kingsolver will represent Region 10 in the state competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). Since 1969, the Texas State Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program has honored excellence in classroom education and provided a forum to showcase many outstanding educators whose efforts and example have inspired their students, their colleagues and the communities they serve. Texas Teacher of the Year is the highest honor that the State of Texas can bestow upon a teacher.

McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy said, “What has impressed me about Sara Kingsolver is her humility and her passion for learning and for students. It’s been reported to me that she made an immediate impact on the overall school climate of her campus through her compassion and commitment toward students learning visual arts, and she has done many things to transform that campus in a positive way. I think she has definitely earned the honor of being named Elementary Teacher of the Year for our district, and I feel like she is going to represent Region 10 extremely well in state competition.”

Information provided by Region 10 Education Service Center

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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at