Gupta, Anderson named HCDE’s 2021 Teacher of the Year and Educational Aide of the Year

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May 19, 2021 by HCDE-Texas

Two veteran staff members, Ta’Keia Anderson and Lopamudra Gupta, were named Harris County Department of Education’s 2020-2021 educators of the year this week.

On Monday, Dr. Charles Ned, Senior Director of Schools, made visits to each of the winners’ campuses, stopping first at Academic and Behavior School East to surprise Educational Aide of the Year, Ta’Keia Anderson.

Instructional Aide of the Year Ta’Keia Anderson and Teacher of the Year Lopamudra Gupta are honored during a meeting of the Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees, May 19, 2021.

“I feel honored,” said Anderson. “You know, hard work pays off. It doesn’t matter what I have going on, I come through those doors, and I prepare myself for [my students]. They are the most important.” 

As part of her recognition, Anderson, who has served students at ABS East for the past 12 years, was presented with an $800 check by Dr. Ned. Insights to Behavior sponsored the prize.

“She doesn’t realize what an impact she has on our students and staff,” said ABS East Principal Donna Treviño-Jones. “Without Ms. Anderson, I can definitely say [our campus] would be different.

Dr. Ned’s second stop on Monday was at Fortis Academy, where he surprised Teacher of the Year Lopamudra Gupta.

“I know firsthand about what you bring to Fortis Academy every day,” Dr. Ned said to Gupta. “Your dedication, your commitment to students, your willingness to never give up on any student that’s in your classroom. That makes you stand out among all of our employees.”

Gupta, who has been an HCDE employee for nearly 18 years, was presented with a $1,000 check underwritten by Edgenuity.

“It feels overwhelming. I didn’t expect this much,” said Gupta. “I want to thank everyone that’s helped me to become successful, everyone that lets me do what I do. The thing is, I love what I do. That’s the best thing – to be acknowledged for what you love. That’s the greatest feeling.”

Gupta was also HCDE’s February employee of the month. To read her profile, click here.

Both educators were invited to attend the Department’s regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday, where the board and superintendent recognized them with awards.

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