VC alum named regional Teacher of the Year

Jonathan Sixtos

Jonathan Sixtos, a Victoria College honors graduate, has been selected as the 2016 Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Region 3 Education Service Center. Region 3 includes school districts in Victoria County as well as those in 10 other surrounding counties.

Sixtos, 25, graduated from Victoria College magna cum laude with an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science degree in 2009. He credits VC with teaching him leadership skills through involvement in the Student Government Association, where he served as president, as well as the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

The VC graduate was one of the first winners of the Victoria College Foundation’s “What’s Your Story?” scholarship essay contest. He was also featured in a cover story for the Winter 2014 issue of Victoria College’s CareerFocus magazine.

Jonathan Sixtos is a prime example of a student who makes a success of himself,” said Dr. Tom Butler, VC president. “He started at Victoria College, taking the basic courses while getting involved in student activities such as SGA and Phi Theta Kappa. After graduating with honors, Jonathan transferred to a four-year university, earned his bachelor’s degree, got a job and became successful in his career. We congratulate him for being named the best secondary teacher in this region.”

Sixtos, a Victoria East High School English teacher, was selected by his principal as Teacher of the Year in the secondary division. After completing the Texas Teacher of the Year application, he was then referred to the Victoria ISD superintendent as a candidate representing middle and high school teachers within the school district.

The Region 3 Education Service Center announced in June that Sixtos would represent the area’s secondary educators at the state level.

"I am overjoyed to be recognized for the effort I put into my career,” Sixtos said of his selection. “I have been blessed by so many wonderful mentors and friends who have continually supported me in becoming the best teacher I can be. I hope this award brings attention to the great things we are doing in public education at Victoria East High School, in VISD, and throughout the Crossroads region."

Gayle Parenica, Region 3 education specialist, said the education service center is proud to have both Sixtos and the elementary school winner, Deidra Kalina, represent the Region 3 service area as exceptional candidates.

"We look forward to seeing them advance to the state level and, hopefully, the national level as well,” Parenica said. “Their hard work and dedication to their students serve as models for innovative teaching practices that engage students and produce outstanding citizens for our communities in the Region 3 area.”

Victoria ISD Superintendent Dr. Robert Jaklich said it is an exciting honor to have Sixtos represent the Victoria school district and Region 3 as the 2016 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

"Mr. Sixtos is an excellent role model for all of our students and staff and makes a difference in his students’ lives that go above and beyond the classroom setting,” Jaklich said. “Each and every day, he challenges his students to do more, to learn more, to dream more, and most importantly, to become more. In every standard used to measure excellence in education, Jonathan Sixtos is exemplary.”

Sixtos now advances to the state level in the Teacher of the Year competition, where winners will be announced Oct. 16. The winner will then represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Sixtos, the son of Frank and Minnie Sixtos of Yorktown, is a 2012 honors graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Secondary Teacher Certification and a minor in psychology. At Victoria East, he serves as English department head and teaches English I pre-advanced placement and English III advanced placement. He is also a steering committee member for the Victoria Alliance and serves as webmaster for his church.

Published: Thursday, 16 July 2015

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