China Spring Faculty and Staff Members of the Year

Amy Gregory Elementary Teacher of the Year

Elementary Teacher of the Year

Amy Gregory

It is our honor and privilege to express what an amazing educator Mrs. Gregory is and what a blessing it has been to have her at China Spring Intermediate! Mrs. Gregory’s recognition as Teacher of the Year is a well-deserved honor that highlights her profound impact on our school community.

Mrs. Gregory has an uncanny ability to create an atmosphere where all students thrive both academically and socially. She has a natural ability to develop heart-felt relationships with each of her students, creating an environment where they feel welcomed and supported. Her ability to inspire and engage students in the subject of mathematics is truly remarkable. Through her creative lesson plans, enthusiasm, and personalized approach to teaching, she has not only imparted knowledge but also fostered a love for learning in her students.

Mrs. Gregory's colleagues, students, and their families all recognize the positive influence she has had on our educational community. Her passion for mathematics and ability to make complex concepts accessible and exciting have left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to learn from her. Mrs. Gregory's efforts have not only enhanced the academic performance of students, but have also contributed to their overall development and confidence in their abilities.

Mrs. Gregory’s status as a National Board Certified Teacher further underscores her exemplary skills and professional commitment. Achieving National Board Certification is no small feat; it requires rigorous evaluation, reflection, and a demonstrated excellence in teaching. Her accomplishment in earning this certification is a clear reflection of her dedication to continually improving her craft and striving for the highest standards of education.

As we celebrate her achievements, we want to express our deepest gratitude for her hard work, perseverance, and the positive energy she bring to our school every day. Mrs. Gregory's commitment to excellence and dedication to the students at China Spring Intermediate serves as an inspiration to all educators.

Suzane Risinger Elementary Teacher of the Year

Secondary Teacher of the Year

Suzanne Risinger

Mrs. Risinger is, simply, outstanding. She has done a tremendous job the last two years on the high school campus teaching Honors Spanish 1, Honors Spanish 2, UIL Academic Coordinator, and she restored the Spanish Club.

Mrs. Risinger has created an amazing environment where all types of students at all varying levels of learning can thrive at an often-maligned subject like Spanish. She has sought out professional development that enhances the learning of her kids and punctuates her lessons flawlessly. She incorporates new ideas into her lessons, and she has never been one to fear failing. Mrs. Risinger has the personality of a warrior and a saint. She relentlessly pursues excellence from her students, but they never doubt that she has their absolute best interest at heart.

When asked about Mrs. Risinger, one fellow teacher said, “Mrs. Risinger is someone that I look to in amazement because of the way she goes aggressively after her students’ success. Mrs. Risinger uses whatever means necessary to make her students feel accepted, challenged, and successful.”

One student stated, “Mrs. Risinger was crazy in a great way. She was always very energetic in wanting to try new things to help me and the rest of the class. I like Spanish, but even the kids who didn’t really like Spanish really liked being in Mrs. Risinger’s class.” This statement is a great testament to a great teacher.

Mrs. Risinger, constantly hones her teaching skills, never settling for comfortable, and for going after her students’ success with reckless abandon. China Spring ISD is extremely fortunate to have her as a teacher at our district.

Buffy Bayer Staff Member of the Year

Staff Member of the Year

Buffy Bayer

It is with immense pleasure and pride to have the honor of expressing what an extraordinary individual Coach Bayer is. Her dedication, enthusiasm, and unwavering commitment to the students has earned her staff member of the year.

Coach Bayer embodies the spirit and passion of a true COUGAR. She never gives up on anyone or anything, she is always ready and willing to help anyone in need, and always goes above and beyond what is expected. Her energy is contagious, and her ability to connect with each student, regardless of their skill level, is truly remarkable.

In her role, she does more than assist. She inspires. She encourages students to push beyond their limits, to embrace teamwork, and to understand the true value of physical fitness. Coach Bayer is always the first one to arrive and the first one to volunteer to help, even when her work day has completed, to ensure that every activity runs smoothly, that every child feels included and capable, and that everyone has been taken care of. Coach Bayer is a true role model for our young adults, teaching them invaluable skills such as perseverance, empathy, resilience, and sportsmanship. Her guidance helps shape our students’ character and prepares them for challenges both on and off the field/court.

Her colleagues admire her, our parents appreciate her, and our students adore her. They appreciate the knowledge and skills she imparts on everyone and her uncanny ability to always be kind and patient with all those around her. She makes our school a better place, and for that, we are deeply grateful.

We celebrate not just her achievements, but also the impact she has on each student’s life. Coach Bayer has helped them believe in their abilities, and for many, she is the reason they have discovered a love for sports and fitness.

Coach Bayer, let this award be a reminder of the difference you make every single day. You are more than a paraprofessional; you are a champion for our students and staff at China Spring Intermediate.