Professional of the Year - Reading and English Education

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Isyjean P. Korenek

Industry: Education
Born: May 17, 1943, Houston, Texas
Spouse: Willie Korenek
Children: 2 children-Denise Renae Meyer, Darrell Lynn Korenek; 6 grandchildren-Christina Renae Korenek, Parker Lynn Korenek, Ashley Nicole Meyer, Britny Dawn Meyer, Dustin Vaughn Meyer, Abigail Leigh Korenek
Current Organization: Cameron Independent School District
Type of Organization: School district
Major Product: Education
Area of Distribution: Texas
Expertise: Reading, English/Language Arts; Numerous special training including Shirley Crook Workshops, Dr. Ruby Wayne Workshops, New Jersey Writing Project Texas Summer Institute; NJWPT "Reading Week", "Grammar Week", "Poetry Week"; Tribes TLC Workshops; Project Mustard Seed Academy; Process Writing Workshops
University/Degree: B.S., Elem. Ed., Univ. of Austin, 1980; Endorsements-Generic Spec. Ed., 1980, Mentally Retarded Sp. Ed., 1980, Emotionally Disturbed Sp. Ed., 1984
Title: Reading Interventionist
Work History: Resource Teacher, grades 1-12, 3 yrs. and grades 3-5, 5 yrs.; Residential Treatment Teacher, grades 2-12, 6 yrs.; Children's Psychiatric Hospital Summer School Teacher of the Behavior Disordered/Emotionally Disturbed, grades 3-5; Homebound Teacher, grades 3-12, 2 yrs.; 4th Grade Teacher, 8 yrs.; Reading Interventionist, grades 3-5, past 15 yrs.; UIL Coordinator for Cameron Elementary and Ben Milam Elementary Schools, past 8 yrs.
Honors & Awards: Lone Star Girl Scout Council: Plaque for 25-Year Affiliation; Plaque for 10 Years as Neighborhood Chairman; Selected Delegate to the “Girl Scouting in a Rural Setting Conference” held in Little Rock, Arkansas (Presenter); TSTA: Selected Delegate to numerous State Democratic Conventions; Selected Delegate to the NEA Convention in Dallas, TX; Selected Member to the TSTA’s Political Action Interview and Endorsement Team/Committee; Rockdale Chamber of Commerce: Plaque in recognition of efforts as Rockdale Young Homemaker Chapter President, to get two Rockdale City Markers constructed and donated to the city; City of Rockdale: Selected Chairperson of the City Park Restoration Committee; Rockdale ISD: 5-year tenure pin; Cameron ISD: 5 and 10-year tenure pins; 15 , 20, & 25-year, tenure plaques; America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2012 Roundtable Member, 2011 Professional of the Year in Reading/English; Texas Controller's Circle of Honor 5 Star Reading Award for Public Education Excellence, Cameron Elementary School Teachers 2011; Gold Performance Comparable Improvement in Reading/ELA, 2008 & 2011 and School Accountability Rating Recognized, 2010 & 2011, Cameron Elementary School; Cameron ISD's 25 Years of Service Plaque; Cameron Elementary Teacher of the Year, 2015; Teacher Retirement Plaque for 35 years of teaching Cameron ISD and 27 years of teaching in the CISD 2015
Published Works: “Growing Up Jewish in Schulenburg, Texas” article, Texas Jewish Historical Society Newsletter; “Getting Jiggy With It” article, published during a New Jersey Writing Project of Texas Three-week Writing Institute; Instructional Unit for the Austin ISD, “Hummingbirds”; Instructional Unit for the Rockdale ISD, “Feeling and a Dealing.” Presentations: “Growing Up Jewish in Schulenburg, Texas “ article presented at a meeting of the Jewish Historical Society held at Temple Israel in Schulen- burg, Texas; School Board Presentations in Rockdale and in Cameron, Texas; Professional Development Workshops in Rockdale, Thorndale, and Cameron, Texas; Host: Radio coverage of Meet the Candidates Forum
Affiliations: Past and present include Texas Teachers Association; National Education Association; President, Milam County Educators Association; President, Cameron Educators Association; Association of Children with Learning Disabilities; Texas Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders; Rockdale Parent Teacher Association; Cameron Parent Teacher Organization; International Reading Association; Little River Reading Council; Delta Kappa Gamma Society International; Parliamentarian, Lambda Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma
Hobbies & Sports: Reading, singing, writing lyrics and melodies for songs used in class to teach skills, writing poetry
Email: isyjean@hotmail.com