Bennett Elementary third grade teacher Tina Sowder has been selected as a distinguished educator and finalist for the Lubbock Christian University Award for Excellence in Teaching. This recognition honors those who exemplify outstanding performance in public education.
Sowder and seven additional distinguished educators from across Lubbock County will be honored at a reception on Tuesday, April 3 in the Baker Conference Center at Lubbock Christian University.
Sowder, a 22-year veteran of public education, is currently in her tenth year of service at Frenship ISD.
“Tina’s classroom is one of high expectations,” said Michelle Elliott, Bennett principal. “Her students shoot for the moon because they know she cares and invests in their learning. Tina is always looking to improve not only her own classroom but the other classrooms across our campus and district.”
Each of the distinguished educators was nominated by area school superintendents for their commitment and passion for teaching and learning. Among the criteria for nomination was student performance, knowledge of subject matter, use of instructional resources and technology, leadership in the school and the school district, professional development and community service.
Since 2014, The Lubbock Christian University School of Education has partnered with The Knowledge Center to recognize and honor teachers and the teaching profession. The Community Foundation of West Texas and the CH Foundation have served as grant partners. A committee of community leaders will select the top two recipients. All finalists receive an engraved brass teacher hand bell and a cash award.