DSHS teacher is finalist for Teaching Excellence Award

By Megan Wehring

DRIPPING SPRINGS — Dripping Springs High School (DSHS) teacher Kristina Vannoy was selected as one of five finalists for the Greater Austin 2021 Teaching Excellence Award.

Kristina Vannoy Courtesy photo

Vannoy is in her seventh year at DSHS, currently teaching Pre-Calculus, University of Texas OnRamps Pre-Calculus and PALS (Peer Assistance Leadership). She is in her 20th year of education overall.

The Teaching Excellence Award recognizes teachers in the Austin area who demonstrate instructional expertise, classroom innovation, the ability to cultivate students’ love of learning and critical thinking, expand their own knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences and share their classroom success.

The winning teacher will be announced in October and will receive an award of $2,500; the winner’s school will also receive $500 to be spent on a project directed by the teacher.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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