School: Sonntag Elementary School
School District: Frisco Independent School District
City, State: Frisco, TX
About the Nominee: Ana Travis has been an educator for ten years, and she is committed to the student and staff’s overall well being, dropping everything to put the children first. Mrs. Travis’s goal for each student is to build self-confidence, providing him or her with interpersonal communication skills and problem solving skills. With over 600 students in grades K-5, Mrs. Travis goes above and beyond to know the names and needs of every child that comes through her door. She provides a safe environment for kids to discuss concerns. In addition to meeting with students on an individual basis, she organizes small groups discussions about topics such as changing families, test anxiety, grief, and social skills and takes the time to meet with every class once per month to provide character building lessons. Mrs. Travis spearheads positive programs such as Character Kid of the Month and Olweus, a bully prevention program. She is committed to creating a positive school climate through her work with Rachel’s Challenge, and she also has an open door policy for the families of her students through programs such as Adopt an Angel and Coffee with the Counselor. When Mrs. Travis is not meeting with students, staff, or parents, she is overseeing all standardized and state testing required of a Frisco ISD elementary campus. Mrs. Travis can also be found leading meetings with the staff to ensure the needs of the students are being met through appropriate accommodations in the classroom. Sonntag Elementary continues to be a place where the students flourish both academically and emotionally thanks to her influence.