As part of its annual Teacher of the Year Banquet, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley recognized Dorraine Araiza, a teacher at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, with its highest honor on Thursday, November 18.
Araiza was presented with the Teacher Legend Award for her work in education. She was nominated by her former student, Dr. Javier Cavazos Vela, who is now a professor at UTRGV.
“I am so honored to receive the UTRGV Teacher Legend Award,” said Araiza. “Teachers many times wonder if they have made a difference in the lives of their students; I’m blessed to know that I have. I am so proud of Dr. Cavazos Vela and all his accomplishments. I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to hear how memorable my sixth-grade classroom was almost 20 years ago.”
Araiza is now in her 28th year of teaching and teaches first through fifth grade gifted and talented students at Wilson and Sam Houston Elementary. She says that her continued source of inspiration is her students.
“My students are so excited and passionate about learning, and their enthusiasm is contagious,” said Araiza.
The event, hosted by UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration, recognized educators from 31 school districts in the Region One Education Service Center area who were selected as their school’s “Teacher of the Year.”