Two area educators have received the distinction of Teacher of the Year from Education Service Center Region III. Donna Baxter, from Cuero ISD’s John C. French, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Cynthia Slovacek, from Meyersville School was named Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Teachers were first nominated at the campus level, then at the district level. Each district could nominate one teacher in each category. They are now finalists for the Texas Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced at the end of the month.
Baxter has been teaching for 29 years total and 16 years in Cuero. She was born in Victoria and attended Victoria College and the University of Houston–Victoria. She has been married to her husband, Larry, for 25 years. They have a son named David who graduated Cuero High School in 2008 and lives in San Antonio.
Slovacek has been teaching for 33 years. She graduated Southwest Texas State University (now named Texas State University) and began teaching at Meyersville ISD. She began teaching PE from pre-K through 8th grade along with sixth, seventh and eighth grade history. She also coached the school’s sports teams. She retired from working full-time in May 2013 and now teaches kindergarten and first grade PE and sixth, seventh and eighth grade history.
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