2021-2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year

2021-2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year
Posted on 05/25/2022
2021-2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year

Castleberry High School is excited to announce two Teachers of the Year. Teachers of the Year are nominated and selected by their campus peers and announced at the campus awards ceremony held in May. Congratulations to Kristin Flewelling & Andreya Raska. Find out more about the 2021-2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year in the bios below.

Kristin Flewelling 

Kristin Flewelling, CTE Health Science Teacher, has been named one of two 2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year. A graduate of The University of Texas in Arlington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Flewelling is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience in Pediatric Nursing. Before becoming a teacher, Flewelling was employed as a Pharmacy Technician and Nurse for a combined fifteen years. In addition to teaching high school, she continues to work as a Pediatric Nurse. “I have a passion for helping students find their way into the healthcare field by offering them educational opportunities enhanced by my real-world experience in healthcare, and it has been a dream of mine to teach Health Science for many years.”

Through the Health Science courses at Castleberry, she teaches students valuable hands-on patient care skills that will allow them the opportunity to obtain employment in the healthcare setting as they further their education. “I am thoroughly excited to watch our Health Science program expand, and I look forward to many years of teaching our Castleberry Lions and helping them grow into the healthcare heroes of tomorrow!”

Flewelling’s favorite lessons are those that teach her students how to perform hands-on patient care skills. “Students enter my classroom at the beginning of the school year with minimal knowledge, at best, of how to properly care for a patient with medical needs,” she says. “Many of them are intimidated by the magnitude of accepting responsibility for a patient.” To calm their fears and intimidation, she reminds students that they are going to take it one step at a time, that she is confident in their ability to succeed, and that making a mistake is simply proof that they are trying. Thus, she begins students’ education by laying a solid foundation.

Andreya Raska

Andreya Raska, journalism teacher, has been named one of two 2022 Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2011, and received her teaching certification from the University of North Texas in 2014. Raska has been teaching since 2014 and has spent her entire teaching career at Castleberry High School. 

In 2016, Raska took over as the yearbook adviser for Castleberry High School. In six years she has taken one single yearbook class and turned it into an entire journalism program consisting of entry level journalism courses, advanced broadcast journalism, photojournalism, and advanced yearbook. “My main goal for my students is to learn all of the skills needed to move up to any advanced journalism course,” says Raska. Raska supports the students of CHS by attending and photographing dozens of sporting and fine art events throughout the year. 

In the classroom, Raska’s main focus is giving her students the tools and skills needed to create student-centered publications they can take pride in for years to come. “When it comes to the actual yearbook, I believe it’s the students’ book. I want them to take ownership of their ideas and designs, and I want them to walk away from their time as a yearbook staff member with pride that they created something all on their own.”

Congratulations to both Castleberry High School Teachers of the Year!