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September 9, 2005
GCISD teacher named finalist for State Teacher of the Year

DeLaine Hamilton of Heritage Elementary for being chosen as a finalist for the 2006 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year award. The announcement was made by Commissioner of Education Shirley Neeley.

DeLaine Hamilton on left with some of her admiring students.

Each fall, the Texas Education Agency honors two top teachers for the state, one each for elementary and secondary education, as well as the winners from each of the regional service centers. The finalists, along with the regional winners, will be recognized at a luncheon on Oct. 29 in Austin and the top two teachers of the year will be named.

Hamilton, a gifted and talented teacher at HES, was named the 2005-2006 Region XI Elementary Teacher of the Year in August. If selected as the state’s top elementary teacher, she will advance as a candidate for the Texas nominee in the National Teacher of the Year program. The national title will be announced in April.

Hamilton joined GCISD in 1986 as the teacher of fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Gifted and Talented Program at Colleyville Elementary. In 1990, her duties were expanded to include grades kindergarten through fifth, and she began traveling between five elementary campuses to teach G/T courses. After seven years of traveling, she settled at Heritage Elementary where she continues teaching G/T courses at all elementary grade levels.

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