Joe Paneitz wins Region 4 Teacher of the Year

Joe Paneitz


Humble ISD's District Teacher of the Year Joe Paneitz has been named Region 4 Teacher of the Year! The honor was announced August 7 at the Region 4 Teacher of the Year Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Westin Galleria.

Paneitz was selected from 85 secondary teachers of the year who represented 48 area school districts and 37 open-enrollment charter schools.

“Helping kids find their own practical pathway to success is what I do and is my daily common denominator,” Paneitz said. “I lead with ‘why’ in all our lessons.”

Paneitz teaches robotics and automation at the CATE Center. Paneitz spearheaded a lesson plan called the “Linda’s Laptote” project, named for a fellow teacher with ALS. Students developed a prototype for a lap-based organizational system to make tasks easier for ALS patients. Paneitz also created and manages “All Earth Ecobot Games,” a web-based application which incorporates science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom.

Paneitz joined Humble ISD in 2016. He was chosen as Humble ISD's Secondary and District Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. In 2010, he was awarded Channelview's Secondary Teacher of the Year Award.

Teachers of the Year are first selected to represent their school, and then to represent the district. District Teachers of the Year submit essays and written application materials to Region 4, and five were chosen as Finalists for Teacher of the Year in the Secondary and Elementary School Divisions. The five secondary finalists were interviewed during the summer, and on August 7 Paneitz was announced as the winner in front of teachers, principals, and superintendents from throughout Houston.

The Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) covers a seven-county area comprised of 1.2 million students and 97,000 educators.