Megan Holden one of six finalists for 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year

It’s been a busy ride of late and a tremendous honor for Lake Travis High School and Lake Travis ISD courtesy of Megan Holden, English and Art History teacher at Lake Travis High School. Ms. Holden was one of three finalists for the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year designation. While she was not ultimately selected, we know one thing for sure: Ms. Holden is an amazing teacher and a wonderful ambassador for the Lake Travis community. But she’s not done yet.

Pictured (l to r) at the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year luncheon at the Bob Bullock Museum:  Holly Morris-Kuentz , Deputy Superintendent;  Dr. Brad Lancaster , Superintendent;  Craig Holden , social studies teacher at Hudson Bend Middle School and husband to Megan Holden;  Megan Holden , English and Art History teacher at Lake Travis High School;  Gordon Butler , principal at Lake Travis High School; and  Elizabeth Deterra , Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching.

Pictured (l to r) at the 2019 Texas Teacher of the Year luncheon at the Bob Bullock Museum: Holly Morris-Kuentz, Deputy Superintendent; Dr. Brad Lancaster, Superintendent; Craig Holden, social studies teacher at Hudson Bend Middle School and husband to Megan Holden; Megan Holden, English and Art History teacher at Lake Travis High School; Gordon Butler, principal at Lake Travis High School; and Elizabeth Deterra, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching.

Ms. Holden is being considered as the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year, a nomination submitted by Lake Travis resident Sherry Martin.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Ms. Holden was been praised for going above and beyond for students. When she noticed that many students and families were struggling financially, Ms. Holden acted quickly. She established the “Cav Lounge,” a teacher and volunteer-led resource center inside Lake Travis High School where students can confidentially receive food, clothing, school supplies, and even prom dresses and tuxedos for graduation.

“It takes an amazing teacher who is so busy with the requirements of everyday teaching to take her personal time and care for these young adults and their families,” Ms. Martin wrote in her nomination. “Kudos to Megan Holden for making a difference and changing these kids’ lives.”

According to LifeChanger, 17 individual awards will be given during the 2018-2019 school year:

  • (1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  • (4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  • (10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  • (1) Spirit Award Winner – will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

  • (1) Spotlight Award Winner – will be given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year; for 2018-2019, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who works in a counseling role (e.g, guidance counselor, social worker); the winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Award recipients for 2018-2019 will be announced via onsite surprise ceremonies in the spring. Grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony to be held April 2019 in Hawaii, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

View Megan Holden’s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile.

Dr. Brad Lancaster  and principal  Gordon Butler  surprised  Ms. Holden  with the announcement of being named the Lake Travis High School 201-2018 Campus Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Brad Lancaster and principal Gordon Butler surprised Ms. Holden with the announcement of being named the Lake Travis High School 201-2018 Campus Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Holden  proudly holds her plaque after being honored as the ESC Region 13 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Holden proudly holds her plaque after being honored as the ESC Region 13 2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year.