Submitted By Ida Nunez
Mrs. Kelli Samples was selected as the Teacher of the Year and Ms. Deb Martilla was selected as Trinity Prize winner, both for the 2016-2017 school year. They both have been at Stone Oak for quite a while and are both passionate educators who love what they do. Ms. Martilla is the Librarian and Mrs. Samples is a 2nd grade teacher.
One would often see Ms. Martilla wearing costumes and hats around the library and especially when reading to students. Ms. Martilla coordinates the school website, a technology club (TNT) that has students deliver laptop carts to teachers who check them out, and organizes the morning video announcements (Bobcat Crew). Ms. Martilla also organizes and hosts the annual Battle of the Books competition and organizes author presentations twice a year. She also assists during testing by serving as a test administrator. If you can’t find her in the library it is because she is helping a teacher out in her classroom.
Mrs. Samples is one of the most positive teachers on campus. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help anyone out. When you walk into her classroom, you can tell instantly that she loves her students and would do anything for them. She is very sweet and compassionate. Mrs. Samples also serves on many campus committees. Congratulations to these two fantastic educators at Stone Oak Elementary!