Dr. Clare Resilla – 2022 Distinguished Educator of the Year Recipient
Hirsch Elementary School Principal Dr. Clare Resilla was recognized for being named a 2022 Distinguished Educator of the Year by Sam Houston State University’s College of Education.
Resilla is one of only five recipients selected in 2022 to receive the Distinguished Educator of the Year award, which honors accomplished Sam Houston alumni making a positive difference in education around the region and across the state.
“This is the highest alumni award presented by the College of Education at Sam Houston,” said Chief of Communications Lester Gretsch during his remarks, “and Spring ISD joins in celebrating Dr. Resilla’s accomplishment, along with her deep commitment to the field of education and her passionate dedication to student success.”
Chief of Schools Dr. Miguel Perez was also on hand for the presentation, and noted that Resilla had worked in several capacities in Spring ISD since her arrival in the district, including supporting the district’s emerging bilingual scholars before joining the administration at Hirsch.
“The environment and the atmosphere that she has at her campus, it's phenomenal,” Perez said. “Her leadership permeates throughout the school. The culture there, it's exciting, the counselors and the community love her. So, this is just a little appreciation for all that you have done.”
Resilla thanked the trustees – both in English and then, briefly, in the language of the Philippines, where she was born – emphasizing the long journey she had made in her own life and how it had shaped her views on serving others, especially students.
“As an Asian immigrant, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would be standing here in front of you to receive this recognition,” Resilla said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my mission in a district which continues to provide hope, believing in the idea that education is the greatest equalizer.”
Board President Justine Durant congratulated Resilla on behalf of the district, both for her work as principal at Hirsch and for all her contributions to Spring ISD.
“Thank you for all of your hard work, commitment and dedication,” Durant said. “We're blessed and honored to have such a valuable asset to our team and our organization.”
Trustee Natasha McDaniel – who met Resilla several years ago when both were employed in Aldine ISD – also applauded her for the award.
“You are truly deserving of this honor – for your passion, your dedication to, especially, marginalized students, your willingness to listen to the community that you serve,” McDaniel said. “So I just want to say congratulations, and you truly, truly deserve it.”
2021 and 2022 Distinguished Educator of the Year Awardees by Sam Houston State University’s College of Education.