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Gelso named Trails Teacher of the Year

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Christin Gelso
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Christin Gelso, once a student who walked the halls of Trails Elementary School, was named the school’s Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. She has been a first grade teacher at Trails for nine years. 

Gelso feels called to be a teacher; she knew it would be her future profession from elementary school. Her mother Cindy Johnson is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Trails.

“Everyone knew I wanted to be a teacher just like my Mom,” Gelso said. “I truly did want to be like her when I grew up. She is an amazing teacher, and I continue to learn from her daily.”

Gelso can also list classroom teachers along the way who made the value of the profession evident.
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Dyche named Teacher of the Year for Centennial Elementary

 Cindy Dyche
Cindy Dyche
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When Cindy Dyche was in elementary school, her class visited a special education class with students who had severe handicaps. In that experience, her future was sealed. It wasn’t the disabilities that made an impression, it was the unconditional way the students loved and accepted everyone. Dyche knew then she wanted to work with those students. 

Centennial Elementary named Dyche Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019. She is a third and fourth grade resource teacher with a focus on English language arts and math. She also offers support with science and social studies. She also taught students with severe-profound disabilities for four years.
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Parents asked to adhere to arrival times for Pre-K Round-up

Parents who plan to attend Mustang’s Pre-kindergarten Round-up should be aware of construction around Mustang High School and south Mustang Road. The annual event, set for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the MHS Commons is an opportunity for parents to enroll their children in pre-kindergarten, or to enroll kindergarten students who are new to the district. 

Stacy Edwards, executive director of elementary schools, said construction areas at MHS and the closing of northbound traffic on Mustang Road for a widening project will impact travel time. 

“We want this to be as efficient for parents as possible,” Edwards said. “We ask that no one arrive at Mustang High School before 4:30 p.m. so that our high school students can clear the campus. There are also designated times for parents to arrive based on their child’s last name to streamline the process, improve traffic flow and limit wait times.” 

• A through J - 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
• K through Z - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
• Anyone unable to attend their designated time can come from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Arriving early at Round-up will not increase a child’s chances of getting a pre-k spot. Enrollment will be determined by an impartial drawing of all eligible students at a later date and is not determined by the order the packets are received.

Parents of students who will be old enough for pre-kindergarten in August should bring their completed packets to Pre-Kindergarten Round-up. Students must be 4-years-of-age on or before Sept. 1, 2019 to be eligible to be enrolled in pre-k. Attendance is required to be entered into the drawing for full-day pre-k. Parents must turn in completed enrollment packets, with all the correct supporting documents and an up-to-date shot record to be part of the lottery. Packets and a fact sheet with additional information are available online at http://www.mustangps.org/enrollment.aspx.
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Muse named Teacher of the Year for Valley Elementary

 Julie Muse
Julie Muse
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Julie Muse was named Teacher of the Year for Mustang Valley Elementary. Muse teaches third and fourth grade mild/moderate special education, ELA and math. She’s been teaching for 14 years, seven of those with Valley. 
Muse fell in love with the idea of teaching while she was working as a nanny and attending college. Breanne, the third of four children, had developmental delays. She was a little over 2-years-old, and the family was just learning of her special needs. 

“I got to see her blossom,” she said. “She helped me learn how to work with children with different abilities. Breanne planted the seed for my future as a special education teacher.” 

Muse started her teaching career at the high school level.
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Aynes named Canyon Ridge Intermediate's Teacher of the Year

Keith Aynes
 Keith Aynes
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Fifth-grade math teacher, Keith Aynes was named Teacher of the Year for Canyon Ridge Intermediate. He’s been teaching for 20 years, 16 year of those with MPS and four at CRI.

Aynes became interested in teaching while he was in the Marines. 

I did some volunteer work while in the Marine Corps to help with a Boys and Girls Club. At first my time spent volunteering was somewhat exhausting and challenging,” he said. “As time passed I began to look forward to those days and eventually thought maybe this would be something to pursue when my enlistment was over.”
He loves teaching math, and has found a home with fifth grade. 
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