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Bus drivers aid stricken student, never leave child’s side

2012 November 29
by HISD Communications

This week’s shout-out goes to bus drivers Connie Pattum (left) and Crystal Phillips (right), who came to the aid of a youngster from Golfcrest Elementary School who was having a seizure.

Golfcrest ES Dean of Students Zenovia Harrell commended both Pattum and Phillips for their dedication to their charges, noting that they “stood by this child’s side the entire time. And after the student was removed from the bus, these two ladies followed up to see if the student was doing better. They did an excellent job.”

Other shout-outs this week go to:

  • Berry ES Teacher Maria “Gaby” Oliveros: Ms. Oliveros received a huge welcome back from her first-graders when she returned from representing HISD at the Broad Foundation event in New York. When asked about her philosophy, she replied, “Education is dynamic, and you have to be dynamic, too.” She was Berry’s Teacher of the Year in 2010 and she is a great example of an exemplary teacher.—Principal Deborah Silber
  • Nalsy Perez and her entire Elementary Math Teacher Development Specialist Team: I would like to recognize them for their work in organizing and supporting the recent Education Rainbow Challenge (ERC) math competition. Working in partnership with curriculum and the ERC Foundation, they hosted teams of students from 29 campuses across the district. More than 450 students attended and competed. This event was a huge success and it took true teamwork to make it happen. —Dianne Alvarez, senior manager, Elementary Teacher Development
  • Senior Accountability Manager Richard Blair and his team: For cranking out ‘just-in-time data’ for the school offices! When the Chief School Officers and/or School Improvement Officers need data, all they have to do is pick up the phone and call School Accountability. Richard and his team will produce it the same day. —School Services Officer Lupita Hinojosa
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