La Vega High School
“Coach” Don Hyde has been in education for 19 years, 10 of which have been spent at La Vega High School where he teaches economics and government.
Coach Hyde attended Robinson ISD and Baylor University and has “roots” in Central Texas. He lives by a theory that a small man can make a huge difference and aspires to be remembered as a good son, husband, father and man.
“Coach Hyde has been a go-to person for many of us here at the high school,” said Sam Sexton, LVHS principal. “Having his wife and mother-in-law here at the school keeps him in line somewhat. I appreciate him and the job he’s done. It’s interesting that he’s taking this award this year from his wife who won it last year. That’s keeping it in the family!”
La Vega Junior High School George Dixon Campus
Coach Carpenter has been employed with LVISD for six years and serves the campus in the area of physical education and athletics. He also serves as a teacher mentor and an AVID site team member.
Coach Carpenter is a wonderful example for both students and staff, is a leader among his peers and is beloved by his students. His colleagues say he is willing to step into any role needed and is the first to volunteer and support campus improvement initiatives. He is dedicated to helping students be their best, and he challenges them to take risks in becoming better academically and emotionally.
“He truly is Dixon’s Superman! He brightens the day of those around him. He perseveres through challenging circumstances with a smile, and he creates a quality learning environment for his colleagues and students,” said Elicia Krumnow, LVJHSGDC principal.
La Vega Intermediate School H. P. Miles Campus
Mr. Dutschmann has been with the district for three years and has taught fifth grade math.
Prior to finding his home at La Vega, Mr. Dutschmann taught two years in Missouri.
Kristi Rizo, LVISHPMC principal, said that Mr. Dutschmann is a competent and effective teacher who always maintains a positive attitude toward the teaching profession and exhibits professionalism at all times.
He greets his students each morning with a smile and encouraging words to begin the day. Mr. Dutschmann knows how to establish and maintain relationships with his students to get the best out of them.
La Vega Elementary School
Ms. Hurst is a first grade teacher at La Vega Elementary School. She has been with LVISD for 19 years including four years of teaching experience.
Ms. Hurst is extremely passionate about teaching and is able to connect with her students on many levels, from simple concepts to more advanced topics.
She accomplishes tasks with great initiative and has a very positive attitude.
“Ms. Hurst is dedicated and has contributed to the many accomplishments on our campus,” said Shaunte’ Stewart, principal at LVES. “Ms. Hurst also demonstrates leadership qualities, serving as a grade level chairperson. Her drive and abilities have truly been an asset to our campus.”
La Vega Primary School
Ms. Pierce teaches Pre-K and has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to LVISD and the families of Bellmead, also previously teaching kindergarten.
Ms. Pierce embraces each student with open arms and a genuine concern for their needs.
She targets instruction to meet the individual needs of each student, all the while fostering their love of school and learning.
“Ms. Pierce works effectively with team members, is professional at all times, and served as an effective mentor to a new teacher this year. She is a team player and is willing to do whatever is asked of her. She is very dependable,” said Lisa Seawright, LVPS principal.