HOUSTON -

A local educator has been named Texas Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Jillian Howard is a bilingual teacher at C.D. Landolt Elementary School in Clear Creek Independent School District.

“What an incredible honor for Jillian Howard and CCISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith. “She represents the high standards of our District and all of our outstanding teachers. We congratulate Mrs. Howard for leading the way in education with passion, determination and a focus on doing what’s right for our students and their families.”

Six educators from across Texas were chosen as finalists in the Texas Teacher of the Year program.

In their applications, each educator offered insight into their teaching backgrounds, philosophy and style.

Howard wrote, "I was in fear at home, I felt safe at school. If I didn’t get a meal at home, I could eat at school. If at home things seemed hopeless, at school therein lay hope for the future. School gave me a sense of empowerment in a life where I felt powerless. I teach now with a burning conviction to recreate the refuge that school had been for me."

The winner was announced on Friday, at a special ceremony and luncheon at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.