Author Archives: HISD Communications

Vote in second round of ‘Fan Favorite’ Teacher of the Year

Two winners to be announced at May 18 Educators of the Year banquet

Over the past week, HISD staff, students, and alumni have voted for their “Fan Favorite” Teacher of the Year. Voters could choose from any of the campus-based Teacher of the Year nominees. The votes are now tallied, and the top four elementary and secondary teachers are moving on to round two. The finalists are: Continue reading

Two coaches receive Ann Sledge Instructional Coach Excellence Awards

Two HISD instructional coaches received a big surprise in their classrooms on Friday as HISD administrators dropped in to present them with the second annual Ann Sledge Instructional Coach Excellence Awards.

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HISD launches new logo and tagline across the city

If you’ve visited local movie theaters recently or driven around town, you might have noticed the district’s newest marketing campaign featuring HISD’s new logo and/or tagline: Building Houston’s Future, Right Now.

The tagline emphasizes HISD’s role in preparing a future Houston workforce that is college and career ready through initiatives including literacy, college access, wraparound services, innovation, and fine arts.

The district launched the series of advertisements in an effort to increase awareness of the district’s educational initiatives and services that support the whole child.

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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