HBU Alumna Named Campus Teacher of the Year

Cleveland, Texas, May 16, 2022 – Having completed three missionary trips to Haiti, Darby Isereau, a kindergarten teacher in Cleveland ISD, knows the importance of identifying and celebrating something special about each student.  Inspired by her students and former Houston Baptist University professor, Dr. Alaniz, Isereau added a special education certification to her credentials this year so she could better serve all students in her classroom.   A 2020 graduate of HBU, Isereau will represent Cottonwood Elementary as the Campus Teacher of the Year.

“Good teaching has to include differentiation because every child is capable of learning and achieving great things, but they have to do that in their own way and in their own time.  There is never a dull moment and I never know what is going to happen next. That is why I am hoping to loop up with my students next year.  They are all so amazing and I know we can continue to progress together”, said Isereau.

From live butterflies in her classroom to an entire hallway dedicated to her student’s work, Isereau has a special talent for finding something important to each child in her classroom that she can celebrate and connect with.

We often hear the phrase, ‘teaching is a work of heart’.  Listening to Isereau brag about her students, truly exemplifies the meaning of the phrase.  Isereau is an incredible teacher who will positively impact hundreds of students and their families over the length of her career.   We are proud that she calls Cleveland ISD her home.


About Cleveland ISD

Cleveland ISD is one of the five fastest-growing school districts in Texas.  The district has added more than 7,000 students to the rosters in the past five years.   Located in Liberty County, the district spans approximately 110 square miles and serves more than 11,750 students in five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.   Cleveland ISD will be opening a new elementary, middle school, and 9th-grade center this year.