Experts in Excellence Recognize Experts in Education

It’s the award season we look forward to all year- the annual Teacher of the Year awards. From Allen and Plano to Carroll ISD, the events honoring the districts’ teachers are filled with excitement as teachers gather to congratulate and celebrate their colleagues, and share well wishes with teachers who are retiring.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine and Park Place Lexus Plano are proud supporters of the annual awards. To show our appreciation, the Teacher of the Year winners from each district are presented with a new Lexus to enjoy for the summer, tickets to a Texas Rangers game, and passes to the Dallas Arboretum all courtesy of Park Place Lexus Grapevine and Lexus Plano.

Amy Evans and Leslie Elkins are this year’s Carroll ISD Teachers of the Year. The ladies picked out their new summer rides at Park Place Lexus Grapevine. Amy Evans opted for the all-new 2016 Lexus RX 350 and Leslie Elkins went straight for the sporty 2016 Lexus RC.

Matt Woolsey- General Manager Park Place Lexus Grapevine; Amy Evans- Old Union Elementary Teacher of the Year

Matt Woolsey- General Manager Park Place Lexus Grapevine; Leslie Elkins- Carroll Middle School Teacher of the Year

Meanwhile in Plano. Plano Senior High School Math teacher Bryan Yee, fresh off his Teacher of the Year win, arrived to Park Place Lexus Plano with his family on a sunny Friday afternoon, to pick-up his Lexus for the summer. The all-new 2016 Lexus RX 350 was Mr. Yee’s Lexus of choice, a decision that was clearly approved by the “oohs” and “that’s cool, dad” from his two sons once they saw the SUV.


Mr. Yee isn’t the only Plano ISD Teacher of the Year winner. Park Place Lexus Plano was at the awards banquet where Erika Manning of Weatherford Elementary School took home the evening’s top honor.

Allen ISD teachers Jennifer Clements- Spanish teacher at Allen High School and Amanda Perkins- 3rd Grade teacher at Cheatham Elementary are this year’s Allen ISD Teachers of the Year. Jennifer and Amanda didn’t waste any time, they arrived together early Saturday morning to pick up their cars. Little did they know they picked matching cars…silver 2016 Lexus RC 350s.

(L to R) Jennifer Clements- Spanish teacher at Allen High SchoolChris Brunner- General Manager Park Place Lexus Plano; Amanda Perkins- 3rd Grade teacher at Cheatham Elementary

The next day, we received the following e-mail from Jennifer Clements: “Thank you Park Place Lexus for the BEST SATURDAY EVER! From the moment I walked in to the dealership and was greeted by Michelle and Chris, I was treated like a Queen! The tour of the dealership revealed a beautiful facility designed specifically for the customers….even bagels, coffee, computer work stations and televisions for your short wait for your car service or car wash! Everyone on staff is so friendly, respectful and genuine!  And then the moment, I had been waiting for….laying eyes on my RC 350 for the first time!  A gorgeous sports coupe….all mine for the summer!  WOW!  I am blown away by the smooth drive, comfort, and innovative technology!  Jesse explained all the gadgets and bells and whistles to me…making it so much simpler and comfortable to drive!  A few fun pictures, some paperwork and goodbyes….and I was off!  As I drove off the lot, I was smiling from ear to ear!  Free Carwashes, Texas Rangers tickets, Valet Parking, Dallas Arboretum tickets…..THANK YOU PARK PLACE LEXUS FOR LOVING TEACHERS!!!”

Jennifer, Amanda, Bryan, Erika, Amy, and Leslie, we would like to thank YOU and all teachers for the selfless dedication and contribution to the community.

Check back for more as the teachers share their Summer in a Lexus stories and pictures.