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2022 Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our 2021-22 Teachers of the Year!

Yvette Garcia
Diboll High School


Miss Garcia is a graduate of Center High School, Class of 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Stephen F. Austin State University in December of 2018. She is currently a secondaty math teacher at Diboll High School. 

Dawn Baxter - also named Secondary Teacher of the Year
Diboll Jr. High School

Eric Hoffer, an American philosopher, said, “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” Dawn Baxter counts herself extremely blessed to teach 6th grade math for Diboll Junior High. She is passionate about building relationships with students and leaving an impact that will last a lifetime. Baxter believes that to make an educational difference, classroom lessons must make real-world connections with student interests.


Mrs. Baxter grew up and remains in East Texas. Like many students, her education path had many detours. She graduated from Angelina College in 2004 and then later returned to college in 2011 to further her education at Stephen F. Austin State University. In 2014, Baxter graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree of Science in Geological Science. Although Baxter worked as a substitute teacher, she did not step into her own classroom until 2015 by going through an alternative certification course. Baxter strives every day to ensure that her classroom curriculum is educational, engaging, and relatable to student interests. She works diligently to have the highest level of dedication for Diboll's students, staff members, and community. Baxter has faith that the impact she is ensuring on young students every day in the classroom will make a difference in the future of Diboll's community. She loves watching all the success' and victories her students accomplish as they grow.


Mrs. Baxter is currently teaching 6th grade math at Diboll Jr. High.

Tonya Calderon - also named Elementary Teacher of the Year
HG Temple Intermediate School

Mrs. Calderon is a lifelong resident of Diboll and is in her 10th year of teaching at H.G. Temple in Diboll, Texas. Mrs. Calderon began her grade-school education at Diboll Primary in 1986. She knew from an early age that she had a calling to be a teacher. Growing up she helped her brother and cousins with their homework and then she began the tedious task of doing her own homework on a daily basis. Mrs. Calderon graduated with honors from Diboll High School in the class of 2000. Mrs. Calderon decided to be a stay at home wife and mother for several years. After her husband was injured at work, Mrs. Calderon knew just what she had to do to provide adequately for her family. Mrs. Calderon immediately began taking classes at Angelina College in 2007. She balanced school, work, motherhood, and caring for her disabled spouse. In 2009 she received her Associate's Degree in Arts in Teaching Elementary Education. She furthered her education at Stephen F. Austin State University where she graduated on December 2011 with her Bachelor's degree of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Upon completion of college Mrs. Calderon was offered a great opportunity to do two long term maternity substitute positions and worked for Diboll Primary from January to May 2012. In July 2012 she signed a contract with Diboll Independent School District and has loved teaching ever since.


Mrs. Calderon is currently teaching 3rd grade science.

Lucy Lopez
HG Temple Elementary School 

Mrs. Lopez is a lifelong resident of Diboll, TX. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems and an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Angelina College in Lufkin, TX. She received her Bachelor’s in Education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has taught all subjects; dual language, bilingual one-way, and has been a self-contained teacher. She has had wonderful teacher partners during her career.

Mrs. Lopez believes that in order to have an effective classroom a teacher must build a relationship with her students and then begin the process of teaching. Once a relationship has been met then a teacher can begin the process of teaching.


Mrs. Lopez is currently a 2nd grade teacher at H.G Temple Elementary.

Kimberly Ramirez
Diboll Primary School

Ms. Ramirez received her Bachelor degree at University of Maryland. She taught Early Childhood Special Education at Diboll Primary School.