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New special education parent liaisons providing support for families

Office of Special Education Services Parent Liaison Marina Garcia (left), parent Rachel Wilson, and liaisons Benjamin Jules and Wilson Renteria.

National Parental Involvement Day is Nov. 16

When you ask Wilson Renteria to explain what it’s like to assist the families of students with special needs at HISD, he can’t help but get a little emotional.

“It’s almost an indescribable emotion to explain what it feels like to help our HISD families,” Renteria said. “To be able to serve our parents in what feels like an impossible way has been extremely rewarding.”

Renteria and two other colleagues, Marina Garcia and Benjamin Jules, serve as Office of Special Education Services Parent Liaisons, a new position that was added for the 2017-2018 school year. The liaisons provide personalized campus- and community-based services to HISD’s special needs students and their parents. Continue reading

Superintendent and Group 1 Automotive surprise teacher of the month

New recognition program to honor HISD teachers

Dogan Elementary School teacher Kazmere Dean admits she’s in need of a new car, but she never expected to be surprised with a shiny red BMW to drive for the rest of the month.  The car, along with a $150 gift card, balloons , and other goodies were presented to the second grade teacher by Superintendent Richard Carranza and representatives from Group 1 Automotive VIP Services as part of her prize package as the November 2017 Teacher of the Month.

“Teachers complete a ton day-in and day-out for their students, and we are always working for the success of our students,” shared Kazmere. “To be appreciated for our work through this award, helps us reenergize and reignite our passion for teaching. I’m extremely appreciative and thankful to Superintendent Carranza and Group 1 Automotive.” Continue reading