Meet Mrs. Armendariz!
Hello! I'm Terri Armendariz and I am Carpenter's Campus Technology Integration Specialist (CTIS). I have been in the teaching profession for 24 years. I started at Pearl Hall Elementary teaching 4th Grade ESL, then I went to Deepwater Jr High and spent 9 years there teaching Language Arts, Journalism, Theatre, Communications, and Technology Applications. It was there that I became the campus CTIS. In 2007, I transferred to Carpenter Elementary to be their CTIS and have been there ever since.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, a Masters in Instructional Technology and a 2nd Masters in Educational Management with Principal Certification. All of these degrees were obtained from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
I have been honored with several awards in my teaching career. Most recently, in the 2017-2018 school year, I was selected to be Carpenter Elementary's Teacher of the Year, then Deer Park ISD's Elementary Teacher of the Year, and finally the Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year. The next year, I was a finalist for HEB's Educator of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award out of over 1000 applicants.
My teaching philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and grow and it is our duty as educators to provide students with as many different learning experiences as possible to facilitate this growth. As CTIS, I have the unique ability to influence the learning of both students and teachers. When they succeed, we all celebrate. When they fail, then I have failed them. It is my duty to provide my students and teachers with a supportive environment where they feel confident to take risks and look at failures as opportunities to learn. A person's success is not defined by everything that goes right in their lives but by what they do next after they fail.