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Brick mason laying foundation of excellence for 35 years

2013 June 6
by HISD Communications

You might not know Clint Walker personally, but if you’ve ever been to Key Middle School or any of about two dozen other campuses around the district, you’ve probably seen his handiwork.

Walker is a brick mason who has been laying a firm foundation for educational excellence in HISD for 35 years. He celebrated his official anniversary with the district on June 7.

“I started off as a helper, then became an apprentice, then went to trade school and became a journeyman,” he explained. “But I don’t want to be any higher, because I love what I do, and I’m sticking to it.”

Walker cites some of his finest work as the ceramic tile he laid in the main office at McReynolds Middle School. “I don’t do ugly work,” he said. “I take my time and do it right.” Walker also had the pleasure of donating his time and expertise to his alma mater, Kashmere High School, which installed a tribute to legendary band director Conrad O. “Prof” Johnson several years ago in its SPARK park. Walker graduated from Kashmere in 1979.

Many other HISD employees are also marking milestones this week (June 2–8)—see if you know anyone on this list:

35 years

  • Christopher Dean, maintenance repairer, Construction & Facilities Services

30 years

  • Hector Batarse, asbestos abatement team lead, Construction & Facility Services
  • Jean Mayes, counselor, Austin HS   

25 years

  • Richard Gutierrez, officer, Police Department            
  • Denise Pitre, teacher, Madison HS          

20 years

  • Minh Do, senior construction auditor, Office of the Inspector General
  • Charles Myers, sheet metal worker, Construction & Facility Services

15 years

  • Arvis Allen, custodian, Johnston MS       
  • John Gerwin, internal audit  manager, Office of the Inspector General

10 years

  • Renee Canizaro, teacher, Parker ES            
  • Larry Green, maintenance repairer, Food Services     
  • Roy Johnson, associate teacher           
  • Beatriz Rivas, custodian, Garcia ES            
  • Derek Thomas, mechanic, Transportation Services

5 years

  • Leslie Baylis, manager, Food Services
  • Cynthia Brown, officer, Police Department            
  • Shirley Brown, security guard, Police Department            
  • Sheryle Crowe, account/budget clerk, Medicaid/Property Management       
  • Kim Yvonne Golden, trainer, Professional Development
  • Mwamba Justin, academic tutor, Liberty High School          
  • Assol Kavtorina, magnet coordinator, Furr HS             
  • Matthew Laday, teacher, Cullen MS         
  • Tammy Lovse, teacher, Petersen ES         
  • Wilda Montgomery, teacher, Liberty HS          
  • Edward Parker Jr, custodian, Teledyne Administrative      
  • Brandon Senegal, school business manager, Jordan HS
  • Rosa Soto, officer, Police Department
Check back next Friday for more June Milestones, and leave a comment below if you’d like to congratulate any of the above employees.
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