2022-2023 Royal Teacher of the Year & Special Awards Banquet

Royal ISD honored excellence in education on May 2 at the 2022-2023 Royal Teacher of the Year & Special Awards Banquet. The Master of Ceremonies is the embodiment of what it means to be a Royal Falcon and is a true supporter of the legacy provided by Royal ISD to its students. Dawn Richardson taught at Royal High School for 28 years and has a total of 41 years as an educator. There is no way we could thank her enough for her contributions to Royal ISD.


Teachers of the Year

ECC: Lilia Brents

RES: Chris Morris

STEM (2-5): Dorian Pineiro

STEM (6-8): Jennifer Mechler

RJH: Shanta Potts

RHS: Alicia Russo

Paraprofessionals of the Year

ECC: Jenny McBride

RES: Leslie Lambert

STEM: Brenda Saldana

RJH: Ruth Willis

RHS: Laverne Patterson

DAEP: Maria Escobar

Rookie Teachers of the Year

ECC: Enjolie Jarjoura Espinoza

STEM: Sandralee Hunnicut

RJH: Jorge Espinoza

RHS: Nicholas Mojaver


Ronnie Melton, 34 years of service at Royal

Laddie Lawrence, 7 years at Royal and 28 total years in education

Years of Service

Judy Branch, 25 years at Royal, Retiree

Jeff Shaw, 20 years

Brenda Connor, 20 years

Gladys Hein, 25 years

Region 4 Principal Recognition Honorees

District administrators select honorees based on several criteria, including a multitude of attributes that contribute to staff and student success.

RES Principal Ashley Cook

RJH Principal Marcus McLemore

We would like to extend our gratitude to our generous event partners, who made this event possible. The Royal ISD Education Foundation, the Brookshire Economic Development Corporation, and DR Horton were Visionary Partners, with donations of $1000 each. Thank you also to The Pattison House, who has provided the beautiful facility for tonight’s event. The Pattison House regularly allows the district to use their grounds for district events at no charge, and we are grateful for their continued partnership.

We also thank the following partners for their part in making tonight’s event a great one!

Long Lake Ltd., E3 Entegral Solutions, and Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union were our Leader Partners, with donations of $500 each.

Quadvest is our dessert Partner, with a partner donation of $400.

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union provided $50 gift cards for our Teachers of the Year. The Katy Times published a full page ad dedicated to our award recipients and provided copies for tonight’s attendees.

Next Level Urgent Care, Katy Times, EHRA Engineering, Houston Community College, and Waller County Judge Trey Duhon are our Champion partners, with donations of $250 each. Two Forks Catering provided tea service for this event, a value of $250.

We thank each of our partners for their support of Royal ISD and Texas public schools, which remain the best choice for educating our children. We look forward to a continued partnership between you, the entire Falcon team, and the Royal community as we look toward the future.

Thank you to our talented Audio/Visual students for filming and editing the teacher of the year videos. 

Cameraman, Sammy Polamarez

Technician, Cesar Rangel

Editor, Fernando Solorio

Thank you to the Student Technology Team for setting up the sound and visual equipment for the event.

Jayson Majano, who also helped run the AV equipment at the event

David Cebellos, who also helped run the AV equipment at the event

Yoel Castro

Luis Diaz  

Educators are vital to our future, and we cannot thank you enough for all you do for Royal ISD.