5th grade EPISD teacher named Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year
El Paso, TX — Don Belnap was named the Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2015 earlier this week.
Belknap teaches fifth grade math and science at Lundy Elementary, and he is the third consecutive Region 19 Teacher of the Year for EPISD. Powell Elementary teacher Amanda Bowser and Coronado High School teacher Jennifer Wilhite were named Teachers of the Year for 2014 and 2013, respectively.
“My primary focus is to develop a genuine relationship with all of my students where they feel safe, supported, encouraged, challenged, and inspired, where my students are the focus not me,” Belknap said.
Before teaching in the classroom, Belknap was actively engaged in the community in programs like the Hornedo Orchestra Booster Club and the Chapin Swim Team Booster Club. Belknap will start his third year of teaching and will be representing EPISD and Region 19 at the state Teacher of the Year competition in the fall.
"Don Belkanp represents the finest that our District has to offer in the classroom and we are honored that he chooses to serve the students of EPISD,"said EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said. "Teachers like Mr. Belknap prove that educating our children is not just our job but our passion."