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Mar 19, 2014 1:15 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Meet the Teachers of the Year

CORPUS CHRISTI - C.C.I.S.D has named it's "Teachers of the Year." Both educators say the award is a special honor to them.

At Woodlawn Elementary, is long time teacher Doctor Delores Tapia, the district's "Elementary Teacher of the Year" who says the award can be summed up into one word.

"Yesterday, I could only think of the word awesome and I sound just like the kids, that was totally awesome," Dr. Tapia said.

Dr. tapia started teaching more than 20 years ago and has worked everywhere from Corpus Christi, to Alice, all the way to Harlingen. She says keeping things fresh is the best way to keep her student's attention.

"I'm constantly changing and don't do the same thing twice, I really go by what my kids need and keep it interactive and fun and have a good time learning," she added.

Plus, cracking a joke now and again doesn't hurt either.

"I think I have a sense of humor, and the boys and girls think I have a sense of humor," she laughed.

Usha Gurumurthy, C.C.I.S.D's "Secondary Teacher of the Year" agrees and says laughs go a long way.

"I use a lot of humor in class, I'm known for my sarcasm," Gurumurthy said.

She's an English teacher at Ray High School and has been teaching for 18 years. Gurumurthy says the award means the world to her.

"Very honored, I feel that all the hard work I've put in has finally been recognized by my school, my students and the district," she added.

Both teachers say they will continue to help students reach for their dreams and conquer their goals.

The two winners will receive a one-thousand dollar cash prize. They'll be honored during a banquet next month at the American Bank Center.

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