Keri Wittpenn named new principal of Jane Long Academy

 (Milton Durango)Keri Wittpenn has been selected as the new principal of Jane Long Academy. Wittpen began her career in HISD teaching at Westside High School as a Spanish, Social Studies, and ESL teacher. At Long Academy, Wittpenn served in various roles over the past seven years, including instructional specialist, middle school grade level dean, magnet coordinator, and assistant principal. Most recently at Long Academy, Wittpenn led in the development of the Futures Academy Pharmacy Technician High School Program, expanding Long to grades six through twelve. Wittpenn earned her Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Political Science and Spanish, and her Master of Business Administration from Rice University with an emphasis in the Entrepreneurship Program (REEP).

Sabrina Cuby-King named new principal of Sterling High School

Sabrina Cuby-King has been selected as the new principal of Sterling High School. Ms. Cuby-King has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum writer, instructional specialist, dean of students and middle school principal. Under her leadership as principal of  Fleming Middle School, the campus has Met Standard each year, with distinctions. Fleming also earned Top Tier Comparative Growth in Math and Science. Her strength is developing both student and  teacher leaders. She has worked closely with Wheatley High School administrators and teachers to create a strong middle-to-high-school transition. This school year, she was named North Area Secondary Principal of the Year. Cuby-King earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and Master of Education and Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

Andre’ Walker named HISD Director of Athletics

Andre’ Walker

Andre’ Walker has been selected as the Director of Athletics. Walker has spent the past 18 years serving students in HISD as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and most recently as a senior athletics program administrator for the district’s Athletics Department.

He is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, National Federation of State High School Association, Texas High School Coaches, Texas Girls Coaches Association, and the Houston Coaches Association. In addition, he serves on the Official’s Advisory Committee for the Texas High School Athletic Director Association.

Walker received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas Southern University, Master’s in Education from Prairie View A&M University, and is currently completing his doctoral degree in Education Administration.

Construction Services GM has lifelong love for building things

 (Houston Independent School District)Andreas Peeples was in grade school when he first became fascinated with the idea of building things.

At just 8, he often found himself staring at walls, trying to figure out how they stood up by themselves and what they were made of.

“I would go behind the door and poke little holes in the wall to see what was in there,” Peeples said.

Now, the general manager for HISD’s Construction Services is responsible for building them.

With a bachelor’s degree in construction and engineering and a masters in management, Peeples oversees school construction across the district, including the voter-approved 2012 Bond Program, which calls for the renovation or rebuilding of 40 schools. Continue reading

Milestone for 2012 Bond Program as construction gets underway at Bellaire HS

Excavators roared to life at Bellaire High School last month, marking the beginning of construction on the new facility and a significant milestone in the 2012 Bond Program, as all remaining projects are now underway.

The first phase of construction — also known as pre-construction — includes installation of underground detention and site utilities, demolition of the Career and Technology Education building, and creation of a temporary parking area to replace the South Rice Boulevard lot, which will become part of the construction site. Continue reading

Hilliard ES home at last after being displaced by Harvey

Hilliard Elementary School has officially moved back to their home campus this week, after being relocated last fall due to flood damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey.

The school — including all classrooms, the library, and the gym — has been completely restored, as have the campus grounds. Additionally, a new retention pond and extensive storm drainage system have been added to prevent future flooding.

Newly appointed Principal Erika Kimble said she is glad to be a part of Hilliard’s new beginning, and is looking forward to working in the renovated building.

“I’m excited about joining the Hilliard family,” Kimble said. “We’ll all get a fresh start together in this beautiful building. I can’t wait to welcome the students back in August.” Continue reading

Brookline ES unveils new student-created mural 

Brookline Elementary School students have been working throughout the spring on an art mural that adjoins their campus. Artist Krista Birnbaum designed the mural for a 2,800-square-foot wall that borders the campus and is visible from the school. Young Brookline artists worked on the mural with Birnbaum during recess and on Saturday mornings.

The mural was dedicated on Monday, July 2, in a ceremony attended by HISD Trustee Sergio Lira, State Rep. Carol Alvarado, and Project Coordinator Theodore Wills, who is in charge of Brookline’s library, business partnerships, and community outreach and development.  Continue reading

HISD principal named Region 4 Principal of the Year

Geovanny J. Ponce, principal of Jones Futures Academy, has been named the 2018 Region 4 Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).

Ponce joins winners from the state’s 19 other Education Service Center regions in a pool of candidates for the honor of Texas Principal of the Year title. TASSP recognizes outstanding principals and assistant principals from each of the 20 regions every year.

“I believe in quality education for all children,” Ponce said. “We need to make sure our children will be successful in a global society by teaching them to be leaders.”

Ponce was selected to represent HISD in the Region 4 segment of the competition based on his outstanding performance with traditionally underserved children. Ponce instills collaborative leadership to ensure students from all social, economic and ethnic backgrounds have equal access high-quality learning opportunities. Continue reading

HISD receives national curriculum award for Achieve 180 program 

Research and Accountability Assistant Superintendent Carla Stevens also honored by CGCS for 25 years of service

HISD’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction has been awarded the “Making Strides Together Curriculum Award for Excellence in Urban Education” by the Council of the Great City Schools for the district’s work on its Achieve 180 program.

HISD Assistant Superintendent of Research and Accountability Carla Stevens displays her award for 25 years of service.

The award, which was presented this week in Minneapolis during the Annual Curriculum and Research Directors’ Joint Meeting, recognizes work across organizational silos to support a common goal to improve student achievement, as well as cross-functional teams’ planning, implementation, and progressmonitoring.

Achieve 180, which was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year, is a program to support, strengthen, and empower underserved and underperforming HISD schools. A key component of the research-based initiative is family and community empowerment. Achieve 180 also includes five other pillars: leadership excellence, teaching excellence, instructional excellence, school design, and social and emotional learning support. Continue reading