As part of its annual BEST Awards, the Baptist General Convention of Texas has recognized nine public school educators. BEST is used as an acronym for Baptist Educators Serving Texans.
This year’s recipients are:
- Hector Marquez, a graduate of the Baptist University of the Américas and a 9th grade science teacher and coach in the Lamesa Independent School District.
- Ashley Minton, a graduate of Baylor University and principal of Canyon Ranch Elementary in Irving.
- Cynthia Spencer, a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and a 5th grade math teacher in Mansfield Independent School District.
- Jennifer Carlile, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University and a 2nd grade teacher at Bullard Independent School District.
- Daisy Sanchez, a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and a counselor in Bronte Independent School District.
- Jonathan Powell, a graduate of Houston Baptist University and principal of Keefer Crossing Middle School in New Caney.
- Bobbette Bell, a graduate of Howard Payne University and a high school librarian in Salado Independent School District.
- Dolores Kemp, a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a retired teacher and administrator at Belton Independent School District.
- Rodney Wallace, a graduate of Wayland Baptist University and principal at Ash Program in Plainview.
The annual BEST Award is presented to select Texas Baptists institution graduates who currently serve in faculty or administration roles in the Texas public school system and are members of a church supportive of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. One graduate is selected from each Texas Baptist educational institutions of higher learning.
This year’s program was coordinated by Cooperative Program Director Bruce McCoy and the office of Cooperative Program ministry. According to McCoy, “These BEST Award recipients serve as our representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Texas public school system as the ‘salt of the earth’ and the ‘light of the world’ (Matthew 5:13-14).”
Currently, graduates from these Baptist universities represent approximately 6% to 8% of the more than 357,000 public school teachers in Texas.
Source: Baptist Standard