Special to the Reporter

Denise Venable Kinsfather, who grew up in Glen Rose, has been chosen the eighth grade “teacher of the year” by the faculty of T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield.

She finished her fourth year as a language arts teacher and girls' coach. T.A. Howard has achieved “Gold Performance” on the TAKS reading test for each of her four years.

Denise's husband, Clay, is a teacher and coach in the Arlington Independent School District. Her parents are David and Jeanette of Glen Rose.

Denise was the 1977 salutatorian of Glen Rose High School and the 2001 top graduate of the Honors Program Academy of Freedom at Howard Payne University, receiving the prestigious Othal Brand Award.