Zemanek, Long NISD Teachers of the Year

Zemanek, Long NISD Teachers of the Year
Posted on 05/13/2020
Zemanek, Long NISD Teachers of the Year

Emily Long is Nacogdoches ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Charles Zemanek is the Secondary Teacher of the Year. Long teaches fifth-graders at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary, and Zemanek teaches science at McMichael Middle School.

Up next for both teachers is the Region 7 Education Service Center Teacher of the Year that will be held later this summer.

Long and Zemanek were told the news during individual campus meetings held virtually through an online app. 

The TJR staff, tipped off ahead of time by Principal Paula Harshbarger, had signs and cheers ready to share with Long. 

During McMichael’s virtual meeting, principal Tim Mullican posted photos from Zemanek’s childhood before telling staff the news.

Long, a Nacogdoches native, has been with NISD since August 2015 after spending two years as a teacher in Anchorage, Alaska. She is a 2012 graduate of Texas State University.

“Ms. Long epitomizes the wonderful classroom teacher for elementary students,” Harshbarger said. “She is so skilled in the classroom and has a wonderful understanding of how to engage her students. Ms. Long is simply a great teacher, and I’m so proud of her.”

Zemanek joined NISD in 2017 as a science teacher at McMichael Middle School. He teaches PreAP Biology and STEM 1 classes, chairs the McMichael Science Department and teaches three classes of advanced eighth-grade science. In 2017, he was named Science Teacher of the Year by the Texas Science Teachers Association. 

Zemanek is a 2016 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Master of Education degree in 2019 from Texas A&M University.

“Mr. Z has a gift very few people have,” said Mullican. “He is an exceptional teacher with an ability to connect with students that’s rarely seen, even on this campus filled with outstanding teachers.”

Long and Zemanek were selected as District Teachers of the Year after representing Thomas J. Rusk and McMichael, respectively, as Campus Teachers of the Year. 

Other NISD Campus Teachers of the Year include, Cynthia Bean, Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary; Colleen Williamson, Emeline Carpenter Elementary; Sherrell Peacock, Fredonia Elementary; Donna Rodrigues, Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language; Nakendra Matthews, Raguet Elementary; Keith Kimbrough, Mike Moses Middle School; Lisa Fuller, Nacogdoches High School; Ashley Higgins, Malcolm Rector Technical High School; and Krista Hale, Nacogdoches ISD DAEP.



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