Dallas Mavs Honor Local Educators for “Teacher Appreciation Night”


The Dallas Mavericks and Sports + Outdoor Academy are delighted to recognize two local teachers for their extraordinary service and hard work throughout the pandemic.

The man and woman were recognized in a playroom just before the holidays when the Mavericks faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on Teacher Appreciation Night.

The pool of nominations was large this year, but two teachers stood out. The Mavericks have announced that this year’s “Teacher Appreciation Night” winners are Nicole carryl from Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy and Steven santoyo from Hillcrest High School.

Carryl is a grade eight science teacher and Santoyo teaches English Honors.

“Tonight is a celebration for the teachers who are my support teachers, my co-teachers, all the people behind the scenes who never get a shout,” said Santoyo, a 2015 Hillcrest graduate and now teacher. in the same school he once received his education. “I think tonight we celebrate them too.

The Mavs have long joined other sports teams in the league to organize special evenings dedicated to educators. Teachers who attended the game on December 21 received special discounts on tickets and selected participants received other special gifts and prizes.

“[Teachers] are truly the ones who secure the future every day, ”said Cynt Marshall, who is the NBA’s first black female CEO and has long been a strong supporter of fair opportunity for teachers and educators. “So being able to stop and say thank you means everything to us.”

Sunny Shetty with the Dallas Mavericks said Teach for America named the two primary teachers recognized during the game “for being exceptional educators in DISD”.

Teach for America is a non-profit organization that aims to recruit and select university graduates from the best universities in the country to serve as teachers. Selected members are known as “company members” and they commit to teaching for at least two years in a public or public K-12 charter school in one of the 52 low-income communities served. by the organization.

Carryl and Santoyo received a $ 250 gift card from Sports + Outdoor Academy, an Academy bag filled with Mavs gear, 12 basketballs and a ball holder for their school, plus additional Academy items that were on their wishlists.

“We do this for the lasting impact we have on our students and the community at large,” said Carryl. “So being recognized for your work is a lesson in humility. “

During the Mavs game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the franchise had all the goodies in the sequel to reward each educator, and special Mavs Ambassadors were on hand to thank the teachers for their commitment to young people.

Special guests included Marshall and Dallas Mavericks and NBA legend Rolando Blackman.

Other teachers of the game have received various prizes and awards from the Mavericks and the Academy, including gift cards and promotional items.


During the December 21 game, the Mavericks also recognized the teachers and leaders of Adelle Turner Elementary School in Dallas ISD. Fans may recall the Mavs embraced school earlier this year as part of their Take ACTION Mavs! Plan. The organization adopted Oak Cliff Elementary School until the end of the 2023 school year.

“We are delighted to adopt Adelle Turner as our Mavs school,” said Katie Edwards, senior vice president of external affairs for Dallas Mavericks. “We will walk alongside the school administration, students and families for many years to come and support them in whatever they may need.”

Through the multi-year Adopt-A-School program, the Mavericks will work hand-in-hand with students and teachers by investing in resources and supplies.

The Mavericks hosted a coat drive and donated 30 jackets to Adelle Turner’s students for the holidays.


Here’s more information on the two outstanding teachers the Mavericks recognized as North Texas’s Top Educators this year …

Nicole carryl
Thomas C. Marsh College, Dallas ISD
Grade 8 Science

Nomination: Nicole Carryl was nominated because “she’s been through a lot of adversity, but still manages to do a great job with her students.” In fact, her staff just voted their teacher of the year at Marsh Middle School. Ms Carryl was also involved in an incident of gun violence on her campus. Teach For America also noted how Ms. Carryl carried a heavy teaching burden during the pandemic. Yet she continued with grace and compassion, with the students always at the forefront of her mind. Teach For America says she has “overall high expectations of herself without giving herself enough credit and grace for all she’s accomplished.”

Nicole Carryl: “We do this for the lasting impact we have on our students and the community at large. So being recognized for your work is a lesson in humility.

On behalf of the Dallas Mavericks, congratulations, Nicole Carryl!

Steven santoyo
Hillcrest High School, Dallas ISD
Specialized English

Nomination: Steven Santoyo is a first generation college graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, he returned to his hometown of Dallas to teach at Gaston Middle School in Dallas ISD. Steven was born and raised in Oak Cliff and is a proud leader within his community. In his first two years as a teacher, he led the English department while teaching journalism and English, language arts and reading in grades 7 and 8. After completing his two years of experience in the corps, Steven decided to continue teaching at the very high school he attended, Hillcrest High School at Dallas ISD.

According to his appointment, “Mr. Santoyo is not only a strong advocate for the students he supports, but he has also championed the rights of people with disabilities as a young person living with type 1 diabetes. He has worked diligently to break the stigma and stereotypes of people living with this disease by developing own knowledge, creating communities to raise awareness and support, and advocate for just policies. After earning a Masters in Education from SMU and being asked about his plans for the future, he explained that he was determined to fight for equity in education for children like him here at DFW. Her sister is also a principal at Uplift Education in Dallas.

Steven Santoyo: “Tonight is a celebration for the teachers who are my support teachers, my co-teachers, all the people behind the scenes who never get a cry. I think tonight we celebrate them too.

On behalf of the Dallas Mavericks, congratulations, Steven Santoyo!

Dallas Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman visits two honored professors in sequel on December 21
Pictured are winning teachers Nicole Carryl and Steven Santoyo
Teachers have won many prizes from Academy Sports + Outdoors, including 12 new basketballs for their school


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