The Rockwall Independent School District honored the 2012 Teachers of the Year from each of its 18 campuses on Friday, May 11, 2012 at a “red carpet” event held at the Hilton Bella Harbor. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the elementary and secondary district Teachers of the Year for 2012. Taking the elementary-level honor was Autumn Quinton of Virginia Reinhardt Elementary, while Rockwall High School’s Cody Hayes was chosen as the secondary-level recipient.

Mrs. Quinton and Mr. Hayes were each awarded a six-month lease on a Toyota Prius, a Southwest Airlines vacation package valued at $2500 and a $500 Visa gift card. They will serve as the district’s representatives for the regional teacher of the year competition administered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. Additionally, each campuses teacher of the year received a Visa gift card for $200 and a bag of goodies from the sponsors.

The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club, along with ten other generous sponsors, funded the red carpet style gala.

The Rockwall ISD Teachers of the Year are each chosen by their campus and become eligible to be named the District Teacher of the Year. One elementary and one secondary teacher is then chosen by the Teacher of the Year Committee to serve as a District Teacher of the Year and advance to the regional-level of the competition.