Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Dear Baldwin Community,

I have some GREAT NEWS to share with you!

This morning at morning assembly, we announced the 2011-2012 Baldwin Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Gayle Grance.

Mrs. Grance has worked for Austin ISD for 16 years and previous to this, she worked in Ohio and Pennsylvania for another 14 years. Mrs. Grance provides "hands-on" experiences that become the cement to connect lessons to real life situations. She enjoys watching children have "ah-ha" moments as they discover answers and make connections. She also believes that all children have gifts and talents and she tries to offer opportunities for each child to share their gifts. Mrs. Grance has been instrumental at Baldwin. She was one of Baldwin's founding teachers and has worked tirelessly to organize science equipment and materials for teachers to check out for use in their classrooms.  She was also a leader in finding volunteers to build us a solar shed and teaching gardens. Mrs. Grance has helped us enrich our curriculum in so many different ways. She is a team player and contributes to all aspects of our learning community.

Mrs. Grance inspires a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. She provides a high-quality, well-rounded educational experience to all students that is rigorous, culturally relevant, healthful and engaging. Mrs. Grance is well respected by her colleagues, parents and most importantly her students. She plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in our school. Mrs. Grance is poised, articulate, and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule.

Previously, Mrs. Grance was Teacher of the Year at Kiker Elementary in 2000 and 2004. We are so lucky to have such a talented and dedicated teacher working with us at Baldwin!

Roaring with Pride,
Dr. Peña