Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year

Kristal Parrish.

Katy ISD’s 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year Kristal Parrish and Secondary Teacher of the Year Phuong Nguyen have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.

Parrish is a 5th grade teacher at Wood Creek Elementary, where she teaches reading, writing and social studies and is the 5th grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader. She’s a dedicated teacher who inspires her students to make an impact in the world. Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that, “there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student.”

Phuong Nguyen.

Nguyen teaches 10th thru 12th grade students in the areas of Principles of Health Science, Health Science Technology and Clinical Rotations at Taylor High School. She creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful. Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasizes the importance of a moral compass. Nguyen initiated the Katy Students Run program to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach necessary life skills.

The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step for the National Teacher of the Year selection process. Best of luck to both Katy ISD teachers!