Whataburger honors Humble ISD District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold for World Teacher Day

Whataburger World Teacher Day
From left: ESE Principal April Maldonado celebrates with 2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold after receiving Whataburger merchandise as part of the company’s effort to honor area teachers for World Teacher Day.

Humble ISD 2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold was surprised recently with a gift package filled with goodies from Whataburger as part of the company’s effort to honor area teachers for World Teacher Day.

Representatives from Whataburger were on hand at Eagle Springs Elementary (ESE) to present Ms. Petzold with an award package that included a pillow, tumblers, and a Whataburger gift card to treat her ESE team. 

Whataburger Gift Box
A pillow, blankets, and tumblers are packed inside the Whataburger World Teacher Day gift box. The box was presented to District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold as the company honored several teachers in the Houston area for World Teacher Day.

“I truly love representing Eagle Springs Elementary and Humble ISD,” Petzold said when asked about receiving the surprise delivery from Whataburger. 

In addition to Ms. Petzold’s goodie box, each ESE staff member received a coupon for a free taquito and a free Whataburger.

“Darcy has big ideas and she acts on them,” April Maldonado, ESE Principal, said. “She makes a big difference by encouraging students to embrace differences, ask questions, find answers, and solve their own problems.”

Ms. Maldonado nominated Ms. Petzold based on her accomplishments that include innovative teaching strategies that guide her students to appreciate others and become culturally aware global citizens. 

Whataburger’s mission for World Teacher Day was to honor model educators like Ms. Petzold who always put students first.

“It was really important for us to reach out to school districts to identify their standout teachers that we could recognize,” Jill Bays, Brand Development Manager for Whataburger, said. “Ms. Petzold has done amazing things when it comes to her creativity and hard work to ensure the success of her students.”

Jill Bays, Whataburger Brand Development Manager
From left: Jill Bays, Whataburger Brand Development Manager, presents District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold with a gift box for World Teacher Day.

In addition to being named District Teacher of the Year, Ms. Petzold was also one of five elementary finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year. Region 4 covers 48 school districts in the Greater Houston region.

Ms. Petzold joined Humble ISD in 2007. Since then, she has taught at Eagle Springs Elementary.

ESE Staff Look Through Whataburger Gift Box
From left: Shannon Follis, ESE Bookkeeper and Principal’s Secretary, along with ESE Assistant Principal Tara Badeaux, look on as District Teacher of the Year Darcy Petzold looks through her gift box presented by Whataburger. Ms. Petzold was honored by Whataburger for World Teacher Day.