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Transportation employee wins ‘best performance’ award at regional training

2014 March 27
by HISD Communications

Tomeka Criswell-Brooks

After only five years on the job with HISD, Tomeka Criswell-Brooks has already been recognized as one of the best in her field.

Criswell-Brooks, who serves as a senior bus operator/trainer at the Barnett Motor Pool, was one of three employees from HISD’s Transportation Services department to complete the Region 4 Educational Service Center’s Driver Trainer Academy in early March at Humble ISD.

About 18 trainers from various Houston-area school districts attended the academy, and Criswell-Brooks beat them all in the mastery of safe driving procedures, earning both a certificate and a trophy for “Best Performance.” She has been with the district since August of 2009, and in her current position since January.

Read more about her here.

Congratulations also go out this week to:

  • Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy teacher Rebecca Millhench, who received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award for her efforts to combat racism and bigotry. She will be formally recognized alongside the two other 2014 honorees during a special luncheon on May 2, at the Westin Galleria Hotel.
  • Elrod ES librarian Monica Babaian, who has been selected as one of the Top 100 Digital Innovators in the country for 2014 by PBS LearningMedia. She’ll get a year of free professional development through that organization, support from Houston PBS, and national recognition and support from other innovative educators.
  • Mistral Early Childhood Center, which won the GRO1000 Garden and Green Spaces Award from Scotts Miracle-Gro. The school will receive cash and gardening supplies worth a total of $40,000 over the course of three years. The campus was formally recognized during a dedication on March 22.
  • Red ES Principal Dawn Randle, who was reappointed to the Texas School Safety Center Board by Governor Rick Perry on March 14. The board promotes safety throughout the state and advises the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos, which provides school safety information and resources for the prevention of youth violence. Her current term will expire on Feb. 1, 2016.
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