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DMS Teacher of the Year & Rookie Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Bavu Blakes

 Bavu Blakes is a 7th grade humanities teacher and award-winning musician whose studio collaborators include Grammy winners Adrian Quesada, Symbolyc One, and Gary Clark, Jr., as well as people‚Äôs champ Paul Wall. Accordingly, Austin mayor Steve Adler proclaimed April 23, 2015, as Bavu Blakes Day to a capacity crowd at City Hall.

The Scholar Emcee is a curriculum and instruction specialist and campus leader whose facilitation of teaching and learning via writing, reading, listening, and speaking extends beyond classrooms to school assemblies and concerts, as well as workshops and events serving youth, men, families, and faith communities. Mr. Blakes will graduate with an Master's in Education from the UT-Austin Principalship Program in May 2017.


Rookie Teacher of the Year 

Ms. Brittani Hauser 

Brittani Hauser teaches AVID at Decker Middle School and states, "I am genuinely honored to receive Rookie Teacher of the Year!"  For the past 15 years, education has pulled at her heart.  After spending a decade to raise to boys, she went back to school to finish her degree.  She prides herself on the fact that Decker Middle School took a chance on giving her an opportunity to start her career, and she dedicates each day to prove that it was the right choice!  

  Proud to be a RAVEN!

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