Texas Guide By Your Side Champion Awards recognize the strong collaborative and mutually supportive relationship between both entities. 

It signifies that the TX GBYS Champions named below are truly dedicated to family involvement and support and worthy of recognition by their peers and families in Texas.

“What Work For Your Child Is What Makes The Choice Right.”

2016 Champions


2015 Champions

Jean Origer, MSW
DARS-ECI Policy and Support

Penny Pittman
Lead Teacher Abilene RDSPD

Doug Dittfurth MEd/Texas BEI III/CIC
Coordinator, Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Continuum of Care


2014 Champions

Julie Johnston
Deaf Ed Director at Live Oak Elementary - Austin TX

Rachel St. John, MD, NCC, NIC-A 
Director: Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas

Michelle Hsieh Pho, Ph.D., Au.D., CCC-A
Marine Paul Specialty Care Center, Audiologist
Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas