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School Principal Named Texas Classroom Teachers Association Administrator of the Year

Dr. Catherine Bridges, principal at Juan Seguin Elementary School, has been named the 2012-13 Administrator of the Year (elementary school category) by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA).

TCTA, a professional association for teachers and other classroom professionals, annually presents its Administrator of the Year Award to recognize exemplary leaders in Texas public schools.

Bridges was nominated by Grand Prairie CTA, a local affiliate of the statewide TCTA. In the nomination, Grand Prairie CTA leaders praised Bridges for her open-door policy and welcoming attitude toward both school staff and parents. “She encourages you to come and talk to her about anything and everything,” the nomination stated. “Her reply is always that you are never bothering her and ‘What can I help you with?’”

Bridges has served Grand Prairie ISD for her entire 12-year career in public education. Prior to becoming principal of Seguin Elementary, she was assistant principal of Daniels Academy. Bridges began her career in education as a fifth-grade teacher at LBJ Elementary and also taught ninth- and 10th-grade English at Grand Prairie High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and her doctorate in education from Walden University.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” Bridges says. “It reaffirms that I am accomplishing a small, but very important, part of my job, which is supporting my teachers. I am truly the biggest fan of the teachers and students at Seguin Elementary. They are the real winners.”

TCTA will honor Bridges and other award winners January 24 at an awards banquet during the association’s annual convention in Austin, where educators from across the state will participate in continuing education seminars, elect leaders for statewide and district positions within TCTA, visit the Capitol to meet with legislators and their aides, and vote on TCTA’s legislative agenda.

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is the leading teacher association in Texas. Founded in 1927, TCTA is a nonprofit, independent professional association based in Austin that serves 50,000 members statewide. It is the only statewide teachers association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.