Leander ISD aspiring teachers could be found at the top of a variety of categories during the Texas Association of Future Educators state competition Feb. 28–March 1 in Round Rock.

Two first-place finishes – Vista Ridge High School’s Isabella Fedorov in Lesson Planning & Delivery (STEM) and Glenn High School’s Jasmine Schlinger in Educational Leadership Fundamentals (ELF) Test – led the way, along with two gold awards: Vista’s Emilia Prado & Abigail Durbiano in Breakout Session and Durbiano for Portfolio.

VRHS students also picked up Top 3 finishes in four other categories: Maggie Bryson in Lesson Planning & Delivery (Arts); Federov in Differentiated Lesson; and Reagan Wise in both Public Speaking and Educators Rising Moment.

In total, 12 LISD students will advance to compete at the national level June 27–July 1 in Washington, D.C.

Competition Categories

Breakout Session

  • Emilia Prado & Abigail Durbiano, Vista Ridge HSGold Award

Children’s Literature

  • Vianey Garcia, Vista Ridge HS – 9th Place / National Qualifier
  • Kendall Shuck & Julianna Dohring, Glenn HS
  • Julia Hagood, Vista Ridge HS

Differentiated Lesson

  • Isabella Fedorov, Vista Ridge HS – Top 3
  • Alina Soto, Glenn HS

Educators Rising Moment

  • Reagan Wise, Vista Ridge HS 3rd Place / National Qualifier
  • Jasmine Schlinger, Glenn HS 

Educational Leadership Fundamentals (ELF) Test

  • Jasmine Schlinger, Glenn HS1st Place
  • Emilia Prado, Vista Ridge HS Top 10
  • Sofia DiNanno, Leander HS
  • Julianna Dohring, Glenn HS
  • Abigail Durbiano, Vista Ridge HS
  • Madison Gonzalez, Leander HS
  • Kasey Mitchell, Vista Ridge HS
  • Elizabeth Roberts, Vista Ridge HS
  • Serenity Sturdivant, Leander HS
  • Braden Watson, Vista Ridge HS

Exploring Non-Core Subject Teaching Careers

  • Gabriela Benitez, Leander HS
  • William Brooks, Vista Ridge HS

Impromptu Lesson

  • Isabella Fedorov, Vista Ridge HS5th Place
  • Emilia Prado, Vista Ridge HS

Interactive Bulletin Board

  • Julianna Dohring, Glenn HS – National Qualifier
  • Kennedy Anderson-Oldag, Vista Ridge HS
  • Avery Pontious & Addisyn Lewis, Leander HS

Job Interview

  • Kendall Shuck, Glenn HSTop 6 / National Qualifier

Lesson Planning & Delivery

  • Isabella Fedorov, Vista Ridge HS1st Place (STEM) / National Qualifier
  • Maggie Bryson, Vista Ridge HS3rd Place (Arts) / National Qualifier
  • Emilia Prado, Vista Ridge HS5th Place (Humanities) / National Qualifier
  • Abigail Durbiano, Vista Ridge HS6th Place (STEM) / National Qualifier


  • Abigail Durbiano, Vista Ridge HSGold Award


  • Sofia DiNanno & Serenity Sturdivant, Leander HS

Public Speaking

  • Reagan Wise – Vista Ridge HS, 3rd Place / National Qualifier
  • Sutton Dugan, Vista Ridge HS

Researching Learning Challenges

  • Jose Osorio-Benitez & Elizabeth Roberts, Vista Ridge HS

Teacher Created Materials

  • Smrithi Sriram, Vista Ridge HS – National Qualifier