Rochelle ISD Approved for Teacher Incentive Allowance
ROCHELLE, Texas – Five Rochelle ISD teachers have been approved for Teacher Incentive Allowance Area 15 (TIA) by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) under Bill 3.
Since their approval in 2019, the TEA and TIA have provided funds to teachers who excel in their work within their socio-economically disadvantaged and rural school districts. Of the 1,200 school districts in Texas, only 127 districts have teachers who were awarded under HB3 this year.
Those who receive this award receive one of three titles: Recognized, Exemplary or Master.
Three of the teachers at the six-man school have earned the title of master teacher, two are exemplary and one is recognized.
Junior high math teacher Kristi Lewis, junior high science teacher Jamie Fields, and high school English and language arts teacher Netanya Turk are all award-winning and recognized master teachers.
High school social studies teacher Rex Ewert and third-grade teacher Angie King are recognized by the TEA as exemplary.
Karen McWilliams, teacher of dyslexia and GT, is also recognized as a recognized teacher.
“According to the state, the average school district has about 5 percent of its teachers recognized as master teachers under the bill,” said Rochelle ISD Superintendent Dave Lewis. “Rochelle ISD has 15% of its teachers recognized as master teachers this year.
Each of these teachers will receive a bonus of $6,000 to $15,000 in May for the next five years depending on their classification.
“We are very proud to have so many excellent teachers in different areas of the school receiving this incentive,” Lewis said. “I think it helps show that Rochelle ISD is focused on all campuses, not just one.”
The Rochelle community, including administration, teachers and citizens, helped create a system to reward teachers for their efforts and retain staff. Rochelle ISD had successfully entered the TEA application process for TIA in July 2020 after creating a plan that worked for the school and followed TEA guidelines. The 2020 to 2021 school year served as the data collection year for the app. Teachers have worked to fully master program assessment, student learning objections, and remediation strategies so that administration can conduct assessments consistent with Texas Tech University guidelines. Texas Tech worked independently with Rochelle ISD to help evaluate the district’s system.
“All the teachers deserved recognition for all their hard work,” Lewis said.