Students nominated educators who inspired them by writing essays describing their experiences with the teachers. In February the foundation selected the following LISD staffers based on those essays:
Bramlette Elementary School
Gwen Jeffery, fifth grade teacher, honored by Carson Smolko, fifth grader.
J. L. Everhart Elementary School
Archie Jones, strings teacher, honored by Jordan Morgan, fifth grader.
Hudson PEP Elementary School
Ashley McClanahan, second grade teacher, honored by Hannah McCrory,fifth grader.
Johnston-McQueen Elementary School
Shawna Casey, Kindergarten teacher, honored by Lenore Martin, fifth grader.
South Ward Elementary School
Israel Vazquez, third grade teacher, honored by Caroline Rodriguez, fifthgrader.
Ware Elementary School
Kiley Taylor, fifth grade teacher, honored by Karina Hernandez, fifth grader.
Ned E. Williams Elementary School
Whitney Maglott, fourth grade teacher, honored by Vanesa Orona, fifthgrader.
Forest Park Middle School
John Derr, math teacher, honored by Marissa Areliano , eighth grader.
Foster Middle School
Cindy Johnson, counselor and former language arts teacher, honored by Matthew Reed, eighth grader, and Helen Davis, retired math teacher, honored by Carly Snyder, eighth grader.
Judson Middle School
Freddye O’Quinn, custodian , honored by Savannah Humphrey, eighthgrader.
Longview High School
Robert Stanley, welding teacher, honored by Armando Arroyo, senior, and Jaime Halcumb , second grade teacher at Hudson PEP Elementary School, honored posthumously by Addison Holcomb, senior.
Longview Early Graduation High School
Pam Anthony, English teacher, honored by Claudia Mason, senior.
Inspired by the children’s book "My Great-Aunt Arizona" by Gloria Houston, the book inspires students to remember a special teacher or educational support member who holds a magical place in their hearts and minds.
Fifth graders, eighth graders, and seniors read the children’s book and write essays about their one special educator. Each campus then sends its best essays to the Longview ISD Foundation, and a committee of Foundation board members reads the essays and determines the educator and student honorees from each LISD. Campus.
LISD Foundation director Kay Ray said the Lamplighter Awards offers students an opportunity "to pay public tribute to that one special person on their campuses whom the students always carry with them in their hearts and minds just as Gloria Houston always carries her great-aunt Arizona in her mind."
During the banquet retired Longview High School art teacher Ellen Herbert was presented with the Cornerstone Award for her dedicated service to her students and to the outstanding art program at Longview High School.
"For sixteen years, Mrs. Herbert’s art students have provided original art work for the Lamplighter Awards event program," Ray said.
All proceeds from the event are used to fund the Foundation’s annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program and annual Campus Initiative Grant Program.
Since 1996, the Longview ISD Foundation has funded 626 Great Rewards for Great Ideas grants, returning $692,206.92 to LISD classrooms to maximize educational opportunity for all LISD students.
In addition, the Foundation has funded twenty-five Campus Initiative Grants to promote campuswide student achievement for a total of $65,738.62.