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Juan Dominguez (TX '23)

Master Teacher

SSGT Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary
Von Ormy, TX

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4

At the time of the Award, Juan Dominguez was:

Master Teacher
SSGT Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary
Von Ormy, TX

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4

Biographical Information

At SSGT Michael P. Barrera Veterans Elementary, master teacher Juan Dominguez is laser-focused on equipping his colleagues and students with the resources to succeed. Although this is Dominguez’s first year at Veterans Elementary, he is no stranger to the Somerset Independent School District. A former fourth and fifth grade teacher, bilingual lead teacher and mentor teacher, Dominguez harnesses his classroom experience, content knowledge, and firm belief that everyone can reach their potential. A strong relationship-builder with a data-driven mindset, Dominguez serves as an asset to the school leadership team. He helps leverage talent to reinforce strengths and address areas of growth, inspires leadership qualities in those around him, and creates a positive, nurturing environment for everyone to grow.    
Through a district partnership with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Veterans Elementary makes educator effectiveness its core strategy to raise student achievement. Dominguez works with administrators, mentor teachers and fellow master teachers to develop effective instructional strategies, models their delivery in the classroom, and provides regular, real-time feedback to drive continuous improvement. Leading by example, Dominguez attends professional development and spends extra time delving into new technology and educational resources. He received master teacher recognition under the state’s Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA), which has allowed him to share best practices across the state. Dominguez has opened his doors to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to see his teaching in action.  
In every endeavor, Dominguez is inspired by his roots as a bilingual student and first-generation college graduate. The son of migrant farmer workers, Dominguez began a career in food management before pivoting to education. In Texas he went from earning an alternative teaching certificate, to substituting and working his way through several aide and classroom teaching positions in Somerset ISD, to serving as a teacher leader. At Veterans Elementary, Dominguez continues his passion for bilingual education as a member of the bilingual team. Additionally, Dominguez has facilitated a districtwide study of culture called “Feria Mundial,” volunteered to coach sports, translated materials for events and has often lent a helping hand after hours.   
Dominguez earned his Bachelor of Arts in human performance and physical education (HPPE) and sports administration from Colorado’s Adams State University in 2010. 

Press release: $25,000 Milken Educator Award Catches Master Teacher by Surprise in Somerset ISD

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Juan Dominguez In The News

Alumnus Receives Prestigious Milken Educator Award
Adams State University  |  Apr 12, 2024  |  Alamosa, CO

Somerset ISD Educator Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award | San Antonio  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Antonio, TX

'A shock': Somerset ISD Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award
San Antonio Express-News  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Antonio, TX

WATCH --> San Antonio Teacher Bestowed $25K Milken Educator Award
KSAT-TV  |  ABC  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Antonio, TX

Somerset Teacher's Amazing Dedication Rewarded with $25,000 Prize
WOAI-TV  |  NBC  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Antonio, TX

WATCH --> ¡Sorpresa! Lo Premian con $25,000 por su Trabajo Como Maestro en el Condado Bexar
KVDA-TV  |  Telemundo  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Antonio, TX