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Travis Johnson named new principal of Hartsfield Elementary School

Travis Johnson has been named the new principal of Hartsfield Elementary School.  His educational career at the Houston Independent School District began at Codwell Elementary School, where he served as a teacher and team leader. Currently, Johnson serves as the assistant principal at Blackshear Elementary School.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Langston University and completed his graduate studies in Educational Administration at Prairie View A&M University. He is the proud parent of two HISD students. 

Alecia Bell named new principal of Gregory Lincoln Education Center

Alecia Bell, principal, Hartsfield Elementary School (Houston Independent School District)Alecia Bell has been named the principal of Gregory Lincoln Education Center. Bell has served Houston Independent School District students for over 13 years. Currently, she is the principal at Hartsfield Elementary School.  Prior to her tenure at Hartsfield, she served as Dean of Instruction at Hartman Middle School.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University and completed her master’s degree in educational administration at Capella University.  She also is completing her doctoral studies at Texas A&M University.

Houston Black College Expo can save you money

You can save hundreds of dollars at the Black College Expo, because many of the colleges there will be waiving application fees for students who apply on the spot.

The 17th annual Black College Expo is open to all students and takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Power Center, 12401 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, 77045. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be celebrity appearances and fun activities. Continue reading

HISD police sergeant retires after 41 years of service with district

HISD Police Sgt. Adolph Saenz could barely hold back his emotions after walking into a surprise retirement celebration on Monday afternoon.

HISD PD Sgt. Adolph Saenz and HISD PD Chief of Police Robert Mock

HISD PD Sgt. Adolph Saenz and HISD PD Chief of Police Robert Mock

“I’ve worked with so many of you all for these years and it’s like family,” Saenz said to a room filled with 50 well-wishers. “I’ve spent more time on the job than I have with my own family, and I appreciate each and every one of you. I’ve got beautiful memories and I appreciate you all being in my life and you’ve made a difference in me.”

After 41 years with the department, Saenz is saying farewell to the nation’s only accredited school district police department, but not without a lot of soul-searching.

“I wrote my letter all the way in July, and I always would change the date,” Saenz said. “The day I decided to do it, I was walking down the hallway knowing that was the hardest thing in the world for me to do.”

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Dr. Tabitha Davis named new principal of Billy Reagan K-8 Education Center

Tabitha Davis poses for a photograph, April 4, 2016. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)Dr. Tabitha Davis has been named principal of Billy Reagan K-8 Education Center. Dr. Davis graduated from Worthing Senior High School and earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. She holds a masters in Business Administration from University of St. Thomas, a masters in Education Administration from Lamar University, and a doctor of education from University of Houston. Continue reading

Transportation manager credited for saving bus driver’s life

Northwest Terminal Area Manager Terriel Price

Northwest Terminal Area Manager Terriel Price

When HISD bus driver Liliam Lemus fell ill shortly after returning from her route on Monday, Northwest Motor Pool Area Manager Terriel Price jumped into action.

Relying on training provided by HISD Transportation Services, Price performed CPR after Lemus stopped breathing.

“We called first responders and her relatives to let them know what was going on,” Price said. “While I had 911 on the phone, that’s when I performed CPR.”

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South Early College HS hosts ceremony, ribbon-cutting ceremony for new building

More than 100 South Early High School community members gathered Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of their new facility, which was built as part of the 2012 Bond Program and opened to students in August.

The $13.5 million, 57,000-square-foot facility built adjacent to the Houston Community College-South Campus features modern, flexible learning spaces specifically designed to support the school’s robotics, computer technology and software engineering programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity we have here at 1930 Airport Road,” South Early Principal Steven Gourrier said to the audience. “It took a long time for us to get here, but now we’re here and excited about what’s to happen from this point forward at South Early College High School.”

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High School for Law and Justice celebrates groundbreaking for new campus

High School for Law and  Justice Principal Carol Mosteit expressed her excitement Thursday as she spoke to a crowd of students, alumni, and school supporters gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new school.

“It’s been a long time coming, and it seems like forever since we did the design for the new school with the architects,” said Mosteit. “Now it has come to fruition, and we’re ready to see this new building get going.”

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Navarro Middle School of Excellence celebrates renaming, honors namesake

Nearly 200 students, staff, and community members gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the renaming of Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School of Excellence and pay tribute to the well-respected community leader who now serves as its namesake.

On hand for the ceremony were family and friends of the late Yolanda Black Navarro, including HISD Board of Education Trustee Diana Dávila, HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, U.S. Reps. Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, and son Christian Navarro, as well as many other Navarro family members and supporters.

“The name Yolanda Black Navarro represents the community today that it serves,” Navarro Principal Kelly Vaughn Pichon said, adding that the work of women such as Navarro rarely makes history books, but is “engraved in the hearts and minds of those positively affected.”

“Thank you, Yolanda Black Navarro, for your service not to only the Latino community, but for all people.”

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