Beltrán, Czubinski Honored at School Board Meeting
“It's one of the best parts of the school year,” Principal Carlos A. Contreras told the Dell City school board last Thursday, Feb. 25, “when we get to recognize our teachers. It's rightful recognition – because they do a great job.”
Contreras was presenting the school's Teachers of the Year – Peggy Beltrán, our third- and fourth-grade teacher, and Trever Czubinski, our secondary English teacher. The two will join other standout educators from El Paso and Hudspeth counties in the running for regional and state Teacher of the Year.
Czubinski is part of a lineage of outstanding educators – his parents, Joe and Tesha, are previous Teachers of the Year. “The apple didn't fall far from the tree,” Principal Contreras told school board members, adding that Trever – who's a fourth-year teacher – has been advancing rapidly, absorbing every bit of good advice he can.
“The kids say what a great teacher he is,” Contreras said, “and how much they enjoy being in his classroom. He's learning what it takes – both the art and the science of being a teacher. The kids are blessed to have him.”
Trever told school board members it was “really exciting to continue the family legacy” of receiving the Teacher of the Year award.
Peggy has 30 years of teaching experience – and still brings tremendous “effort and passion into what she does,” Contreras told the school board. Peggy taught at Dell City ISD several years ago, retired, and then returned this year. Contreras said he and his wife have a particular bond with Peggy – as she teaches one of their two sons.
“She rode off into the sunset – and we're very blessed to have her back,” Contreras said. “She thinks of herself as being tough – but she really is a sweetheart at heart.”
Peggy said it was “a very big honor” to be named Teacher of the Year.
“I missed the kids here,” she told school board members. “That's why I came back.”
Congratulations, Peggy and Trever, and thank you for your hard work on behalf of our students!