PT Honors Annual Banquet

PT Honors
Thursday, May 3, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm Summit Club Longview, TX 75605

The Pine Tree Education Foundation established the annual Beacon Awards and Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award for the purpose of recognizing district employees who have made a life changing impression on a student during their time in Pine Tree schools. The Beacon Award Winners and The Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award Winner and Teachers of the Year are honored at the annual PT Honors Banquet.  

  • Laura Johns, Primary Music Teacher
    Kelly Fisher, Birch Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
    Amanda Fleming, Parkway Elementary Front Office Assistant
    Misti Scaggs, Parkway Elementary 1st-4th Grade Art Teacher
    Lori Dunaway, Middle School Social Studies and Art Teacher
    Coach Paul Ellsworth, Junior High Texas History Teacher and Coach
    Elizabeth White, High School Art and Photography Teacher
    Maria Fierros, High School Child Nutrition
    Lindsay Brazell, High School English Teacher
    Aaron Turner, Assistant Director of Bands  
  • 2016-2017 Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award Winner
    Kelly Fisher Birch Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Primary - Amanda Kraus
    Birch Elementary - Kelly Fisher
    Parkway Elementary- Hope Pearce *District Elementary Teacher of the Year
    Middle - JoLynn McKnight
    Junior High - Jennifer Mitchell *District Secondary Teacher of the Year
    High School - Melissa Knight
    ExCEL - Mary Caci Brinkley
    P.A.C.E – Randy Castleberry 
  • Primary - Lisa Smith, Kindergarten Teacher
    Elementary - Tekeshia Jones, 2nd Grade Teacher
    Intermediate - Robin Best, 3rd Grade Teacher 
    Middle School - Michael Higginbotham, 6th Grade Math Teacher
    Jr. High - Amy Touchstone, 7th Grade ELAR Teacher
    High School - Mark Melton, Band Director
    ExCEL/P.A.C.E. - Duke Barnett, ExCEL Principal 
    • Middle School - Michael Higginbotham, 6th Grade Math Teacher
  • Primary - Elizabeth Davis
    Birch Elementary - Christen Stowers
    Parkway Elementary - Vidi Castillo
    Middle School - Tege Millikin 
    Jr. High - Susan Curtis
    High School - Jon McBride
    ExCEL High School- Cheryl Crafton
    P.A.C.E. - Lisa Martin 
  • Primary - Stephanie Pearce
    Elementary - Crystal Massey
    Intermediate - Jana Benedict
    Middle School - Renea Farley
    Jr. High - Jessica Riggs
    High School - Allen Morris
    P.A.C.E. - Nanette Sampson 
  • How are the awards determined? 
    Here's How it Works:  Current Pine Tree students make nominations in the form of an essay sharing how a teacher or school employee has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them.This is an opportunity for students to express themselves in writing, and to say “thank you” to a special person for making a difference in their lives. 

    Who may be nominated?

    Students are encouraged to write about any district employee (ex: teacher, librarian, coach, principal, cafeteria employee, bus driver, custodian) on their campus. All entries received at the PTEF office by the deadline are judged by a qualified panel of judges, based on a specific criteria. 

    When is the deadline for turning in essays?

    Teachers may schedule writing essays as time permits.  The deadline for this contest is February 3, 2017.

    Selection of Winners:  

    No doubt, it is an incredibly difficult task to pick only a few winners from among so many outstanding employees. However, after receiving the essays from the campuses, a Foundation committee is assigned to read the tributes and select a winning essay from each campus. One from Primary, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle, Junior High , High School and ExCEL/PACE. These employees and the student essay writers will be honored at the PT Honors Annual Banquet. One of the honorees will be selected to receive the prestigious Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award.

    Criteria for judging was based on:

    Compelling nature of teacher's inspiring qualities, sincerity of student's appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing. 

    When and how will the nominees be honored? 

    The nominated persons and the students writing the winning essays are recognized at the Annual Beacon Awards Reception. This annual event hosted by the Foundation recognizes district personnel who have had a positive influence on a student's life.  A grand prize award is presented to honor the recipient of the Regen Stiles Teaching Excellence Award. 

    Highlights from each winning essay will be used. Photographs of the student and honoree are used in various publications and on the campus of the honorees. Each of the student authors of the winning essays and the Teacher or Staff Member will receive a a special award acknowledging their achievement. 

2017 Sponsors 
Captain Sponsors
Texas bank and Trust
Judy and Mike Stiles, Adam and Alex  
Anchor Sponsor 
Longview Regional Medical Center
Pearl Sponsor 

Bob and Louise Dyer 

Christus Good Shepherd Health System 

Citizens National Bank

Class of 1964

Sylvan Learning Center


Bodacious Bar-B-Que on 6th Street 

Dan and Traci White

Finley Family

Hometown Hardware

Randy and Karen Maines 

Will and Ann Adamson 

Friend of AlumniAllied Trophy Co. 

Bell Inspection Group

BTH Bank

Farmers Insurance-Pace Agency

Spring Hill State Bank 

The Clowers Company 

Wade and Julia Abrams

The Pine Tree family champions the relentless pursuit of excellence through a compassionate and safe learning environment empowering all students to develop their unique passions and to make a positive impact in a global society.

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