Decatur ISD Student Spotlights for Saturday, February 2, 2019

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
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Eden Brooks


Eden Brooks

Grade: 1

Parents: Tasha and John Brooks

Favorite subject: reading

Hobbies: recess, bike riding, Chuck E. Cheese, McDonald’s, riding horses

“Eden is one of those kids who we wish we could clone. She is a hard worker and very helpful to her teacher. Most importantly, she is kind, outgoing, friendly and smiles nonstop. We love and are proud of Eden!” – Principal Craig Weston

Andrea Ayala


Andrea Ayala

Grade: 3

Parent: Elizabeth Cruz

Favorite subject: P.E.

Hobbies: coloring and gymnastics

“Andrea is a kind and sweet girl. She is pleasant to everyone she meets and is such a joy to be around. She has a sweet smile and kind spirit. Andrea has a passion for learning and is making great progress this year. She embodies all of the characteristics of a great student. We are so glad she is at Rann!” – Principal Roby Nunn

Hannah Hunter


Hannah Hunter

Grade: 2

Parents: Dustin and Molly Hunter

Favorite subject: science

Hobbies: swimming, art, reading and writing

“Hannah is a wonderful and talented student. She is always giving her all in everything that she does. It doesn’t matter if it is an assignment, an exercise in PE or simply being kind and helpful to her classmates, Hannah is always looking for ways to excel and be her best. We are truly blessed to have Hannah as part of our school family.” – Principal Lana Coffman

Barrett Teichelman


Barrett Teichelman

Grade: 5

Parents: Matt and Amanda Teichelman

Favorite subject: “Social studies because he loves learning about history.”

Hobbies: “Barrett attends and is a leader at KREW on Wednesday nights at FBC. He also loves Legos, Batman and drinking chocolate milk. He’s an excellent artist and phenomenal with stop-motion videos.”

“Barrett is an incredible young man. He exhibits integrity daily at DIS whether being a role model of an example student, befriending new students or never leaving someone behind in their studies. He’s eager to learn and happy to participate in whatever we have going on at school. There is never an opportunity missed to say thank you by this young man. Barrett genuinely sees the best in people and his manners and respect prove how thoughtful he is. Great job, Barrett! Thank you for being incredible!” – Principal Jim Cain

Christopher Lopez


Christopher Lopez

Grade: 8

Parents: Jesus and Veronica Lopez

Favorite subject: science

Hobbies: Playing the clarinet and learning to play piano

“Chris is a mature leader who is always kind and respectful. He has a bright smile and is the first one to say, ‘Good morning.’ Chris has a love for learning and a love for people that will be greatly missed by all at McCarroll next year.” – Principal Brett Phipps

Beau Bedford


Beau Bedford

Grade: 12

Parents: Melissa Bedford and Trent Bedford

Favorite subject: Principles of Business

Hobbies: football, baseball and track

“Beau is an outstanding student and athlete at Decatur High School. He is well-respected by his teachers, coaches and his peers and excels in the classroom and on the athletic field. He represents Decatur High School and this community with hard work and character in all he does. We are proud he is an Eagle.” – Principal Christopher Mogan

Katie Orsburn


Katie Orsburn

Position: Kindergarten teacher at Rann

Family: Husband, Andrew, and two daughters, ages 5 and 2

Experience: 8 years teaching, 7 as kindergarten teacher

Hobbies: “Spending time outdoors, going to the park or zoo and lots of family stuff right now.”

Why did you choose education as a profession?: “My whole family is in education. I’ve always loved being around kids, and kids love me. My career choices were nursing or teaching. I chose teaching because I wanted to be around kids all the time.”

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